Ravenswood is a plantation farmhouse, located outside of Boonville, Missouri. The home that was built in 1880 by Nadine and Charles Leonard and has been in the Leonard family for six generations. The home is full of the original furnishings and clothing from all around the world, gathered by the first two generations of the house. There are over 30 furnished rooms in the three story house.
A bathroom between two bedrooms.
This was the last bedroom we would visit and it had a lot of really neat stuff in it including an old steam trunk that women used for short visits.
This was Nadine's wedding dress and a picture of her in it. Amazing to see the details on it.
Here's another dress that was an original / one-of-a-kind made for her with a picture of her in it.
It's hard to see but the white part of the wall is hand tooled elephant skin. The walls were thin plaster and as they would bring the trunks up and down the halls/stairs this elephant skin would protect the walls from damage.
I really wished I had brought my good camera as my iPhone didn't do these pictures justice. Just so much to look at and wonder what life must have been like for these people. I'm sure the places they traveled to (based on the beautiful pieces they brought back) was really interesting too. I'm glad we stopped in for a visit and I would love to go back!
We drove down to the carriage house to have a quick peek inside.
If you want something different to do I recommend taking a little drive and seeing this neat old mansion. They give tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and you can visit their website at