MARYVILLE, Mo. — The Nodaway County Historical Society plans to hold an open house at the Caleb and Jerusha Burns House, 422 W. Second St. in Maryville.

The house was built in about 1849 and is the oldest home in Maryville still standing on its original foundation. 

Society members will be available in each area to share stories and explain the furnishings and artifacts displayed, which include a wood stove and dry sink in the kitchen, a sampler in the parlor made by a young girl on her voyage to America in 1852, dishes from the Beal family in the dining room and a rope bed which belonged to Nat Sisson.

Sisson settled in the county just after the Civil War and was said to have blown the last bugle call at the Battle of Appomattox.

Refreshments will be served in the kitchen, some enhanced by herbs from Jerusha’s herb garden in the backyard. Joann Espey, Garden Club member, will be available outside at the garden to explain common kitchen garden plants of that era.

 The 1883 Hickory Grove school house and main museum, 110 N. Walnut St., also will be open for tours during the afternoon.

The event is set for 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. All are invited and admission is free, though donations are welcome.

For more information, call the museum at 660-582-8176. It is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

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