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Discover Mid-America— December 2009

Weston’s Historic Homes Bring Forth Their Holiday Charm
Photography by Tim Nord

The allure of Weston, Missouri is an experience worth repeating. The town’s history, its cast of notable characters who spent time in the once-bustling river town, and its numerous historic buildings and homes present a window back into time when our nation was settled by visionary and courageous men and women.

As Weston grew both in commerce and sophistication during its heyday from 1837-1860 — second only to St. Louis as a port community and exceeding Kansas City and St. Joseph in population — residents built stately homes and enduring commercial structures. Much of that legacy endures.

More than 100 antebellum homes remain in Weston, many restored to their original condition. In 1972, 22 blocks within the town was designated as an historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

Downtown Weston contains many antique and unique gift shops along with appealing restaurants, pubs and other locally owned businesses. Museums and designated walking tours add to the appeal.

One of the events in which city residents and visitors celebrate Weston’s historic roots is the annual Candlelight Homes Tour held in November. This year’s tour (Nov. 20-22) included four antebellum homes and two downtown lofts built during the period when Weston was known as the “Queen of the River.” Three of homes on the tour are pictured here, their interiors displaying a radiance captured for the holidays.

For more information on Weston and its events, call 816-640-2909 or visit

The Hatchery House, 618 Short St., is a two-Federal-style home built in 1847. Shown here is The Quilt Room, fireplace and stockings in the Pineapple Room and an antique stove in the breakfast area.

German immigrants Joseph and Victoria Kurtz built their home at 1102 Spring St. in 1847. Joseph was a cooper (barrel-maker) and musician as was the entire family, including the couple’s six children. An arrangement of Poinsettias can delight a holiday visitor to the Kurtz Home.

A large Christmas tree brightens the Bowman House at 639 Prospect St. The focal point of the home is the large fireplace, shown here beneath the Pennsylvania-German sampler tapestry. The Pennsylvania-German style home was built in 1851.

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