Historic village Boone Junction showcased during Dog Days Delight

Thursday, August 23, 2007 | 10:38 p.m. CDT; updated 6:18 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 13, 2008

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Historical Society will showcase its historical village, Boone Junction, with guided tours and ice cream this weekend at Nifong Park.

Boone Junction will be the site of Dog Days Delight on Friday and Saturday. Visitors can receive guided tours of the society’s 19th century Maplewood house, the Gordon Log Cabin and the Easley Country Store, all Boone County buildings:

n Completed in 1877, the Maplewood house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Frank and Lavinia Nifong were the last people to live in the house.

n Built in 1820, the Gordon Log Cabin is one of the oldest log structures in Boone County, according to the historical society. The Gordon family originally lived in the cabin, but the cabin later housed slaves.

n The Easley store, built by William Greene Easley in 1890, was moved from the Missouri River shore and reconstructed at Boone Junction. The historical society completed restoration this year.

Boone Junction receives a variety of visitors, from Boone County residents to out-of-towners, said historical society director Deborah Thompson.

“Different people like different things,” Thompson said. “Some people like the Maplewood house because it’s furnished like an upper middle-class Victorian home would be. The older people love the Easley store. It reminds them of country stores they used to go to.”

Dog Days Delight coincides with the historical society’s Veranda Sale.

Items are donated for sale and shoppers can buy garage sale-like items and collectibles. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Last year, more than 400 people attended the Veranda Sale, said David Sapp, of the historical society. The society collects the sale’s proceeds.

Guided tours of Boone Junction began June 13, but this weekend, extended tours will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tours usually start every hour, but may begin earlier.

Tours last about one hour and 15 minutes. Admission costs $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 years and younger.

Groups of five or less do not need to make reservations. The historical society offers discounted rates for groups of five persons or more. For group reservations call 443-8936 or e-mail

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