The first stop of the day for some antiques turned out to be the last......we found some interesting pieces, including a matching (exact match, but larger) serving tray to one that we found a bit closer to home at the Westport flea market. The same exact pattern....maybe it was quite common from the period, but nevertheless it was surprising to see it was a larger version of the one we found several months before. And we didnt notice that until we brought it home. This was taken in front of YaYa's....one of several antique stores in the town. It was our last stop, for it was Sunday and we arrived a bit late. After here we went for a few creamy Irish beers....and upon exiting we found the town had shut down for the day. Get there well before the 5'oclock hour (17.00 for you Europeans out there SW) to get in a full day of shopping. We will be certain to return another day.
I tried a few of the local wines and was very impressed. There are some good values here. Also available are a vast array of gifts for the wine lover or the chef. Aside from standard wines, Pirtle's is known for its mead (honey wine) and apple wine, made from local produce.
A particularly charming old cottage, built in 1847 in the Federal style. Features original brick, walnut woodwork, and plank floors. Now houses the Avalon Cafe, an upscale restaurant serving Continental cuisine.
In this view, we are looking at the house from the side entrance. The front of the two-story Federal-style house is to the right. The home was built in 1848 by W.G. Noble, one of Weston's city fathers and early merchants.
Much of the older section of Weston, Missouri, is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Factors in this designation were the town's importance as a Missouri River town in the mid-1800's, and the townspeoples' efforts to preserve buildings and homes with historical accuracy. Most of the buildings along the main street of town are included in the district.
Construction began on this church building in 1859. However, when the Civil War broke out, the congregation found itself divided on the issue of slavery. The building was not finished until 1868, several years after the end of the war.
Built in the Federal Style in 1847 by a Kentucky entrepeneur and anti-slavery activist. Within three years, the owner was engaged to be married and enlarged the home. The plaque outside the house notes that the bricks were fired locally, but the interior's ornate woodworking was done in Philadelphia.
Built in 1845. Now a bed & breakfast known as The Hatchery. In the depression days of the 1930's, this building became an inexpensive rooming house utilized by many newly marrieds who bore children while living here. Hence the name "hatchery." Nancy and I gave our oldest daughter and her husband a night here on their fifth wedding anniversary.
One of the newer homes in this part of town, built in 1898 by the owner of the Shawhan Distillery, now known as the McCormick Distillery. This Victorian home is an example of steamboat Gothic architecture and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built 1847 in the Federal-style. In 1877, it was deeded to the Methodist church and served as the parsonage for 75 years. The current owners have spent more than 15 years working on its restoration. Herb gardens on premises.
Built in 1844, this home is first on the walking trail. Maps available at many locations around town, and most homes also have plaques with a brief history or description of the building.
Only a portion of the historic homes in the area will be shown on my Westport page.
Wine-sampling in a converted 1867 Evangelical Lutheran Church built by German immigrants. Although midwestern states such as Missouri may not have a long-standing international reputation for wines, there are some very nice wines grown here, many of them prize winners.
Exhibits feature displays depicting life in Platte County from Prehistoric days through World War II, including household items, tools, glassware and china, furniture, historic documents and everyday items of the past.
Two-story Greek Revival house built in 1852 by Harvey Collier. In 1991, it was restored to its original design as closely as possible.