1826 Georgian – Hannibal, MO – $320,000

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Added to OHD on 11/13/18   -   Last OHD Update: 11/13/18   -   29 Comments
5025 County Road 403, Hannibal, MO 63401

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This significant NRHP home was built in 1826 by a veteran of the War of 1812. Robert Masterson and his wife Mariah were natives of Kentucky. They were lured to their home site by the big spring on the property that still flows today. They built a stone Georgian cottage out of limestone and brick.

According to the National Register nomination, Georgian stone cottages are rare in Missouri. This is an opportunity to own one of the finest restored historic homes in NE Missouri. Its fabulous curving staircase, exquisite mantels and woodwork were carefully restored. The original wide plank chestnut on the first floor and cherry on the second glow. Damaged kitchen floors were replaced with thick random width oak. The floors of the family parlor and the back hall off the kitchen were replaced with random plank fir. All the other floors are original. The first floor are random width chestnut in the front hall and two east facing room. The entire second floor boast the original random width plank cherry floors . The hard work of the owners and River City Restoration turned the home abandoned for fifty years, to the elegant comfortable showplace that would make Mariah and Robert Masterson proud.

Modern electricity, plumbing and HVAC were carefully added respecting the original building.

The beautiful three acres are fenced and landscaped with blooming trees and shrubs.

For fifty years the house sat neglected in a pasture. Because of its quality construction it could be saved. The current owners purchased the home from a farmer who pastured his herd of Black Angus cattle near the creek below the home site. In 1982 the owners with the skilled help of River City Restoration of Hannibal, known for it's major restoration of Abe Lincoln's home in Springfield, IL, completed careful restoration work on the original floors, mantels, and doors and turned them back to jewels of the showplace that the Mastersons built.

The Masterson House is located in a beautiful rural setting between Hannibal and Palmyra, Missouri.

Because of downsizing, the owner is including oriental rugs, many antiques furniture pieces and antique oil paintings in the sale of this home. Details will be provided at showings.
Contact Information
Jim Talley, Talley Classic Properties
573 248-9110 / jdt@talleyclassicproperties.com
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29 Comments on 1826 Georgian – Hannibal, MO – $320,000

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  1. Kelly, OHD adminKelly, OHD admin says: 9787 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Thanks to the agent for sharing this listing. There are WAY more (captioned) photos on their site, including exterior, floorplan and interior photos. Please visit: http://www.talleyclassicproperties.com/5025cr403.htm

    I included a few photos from the National Register file to show what the owners did to restore, check out the National Register PDF linked in the Link section up top for more photos of what it looked like before.

  2. AvatarJennifer HT says: 801 comments

    WOW! This has come a long way. Hope someone enjoys the heck out of it for many more years!

  3. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 788 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    Wow! what a fantastic home! Great stairway, flooring, and rescuing! Also love the write up. This home deserves a prince and princess to live in it. 🙂

  4. Cathy F.Cathy F. says: 1818 comments

    Brought back from what looks like was the brink, and displays a lovely & restrained elegance. And I like the floor plan – esp. the ground floor. One can go ‘round & ‘round, without having to backtrack through any rooms to get to another one.

  5. AvatarLissa H says: 11 comments

    So sad that it was abandoned for 50 years! I wonder why that happened? Great restoration, you would never know what it looked like! Beautiful staircase and excellent quilt collection!

  6. AvatarJason B says: 206 comments

    The symmetric quad chimney arrangement is just awesome! I’m so glad this home was saved!

  7. AvatarColleen J says: 1270 comments

    The staircase seems to tell a story in this one! What an absolutly fantastic restoration. Wow, whoever buys this is one lucky family, love all the nooks and cranny’s in bedrooms. I really like this one, totally surprised between the exterior and interior, just like a story book cover, you have to open the pages to get the story, wow!

  8. AvatarHollyLiz says: 52 comments

    What a special house! The owners are to be commended for their taste and restraint. I’m sure they’re sorry to leave. The staircase is breathtaking.

  9. AvatarLaura Thornton says: 76 comments

    If Hannibal, MO was good enough for Mark Twain, it’s good enough for me. What a spectacular house and renovation. The stone, front door and staircase are great. Love the kitchen. Love everything about it!

  10. AvatarMonChiChiPox says: 230 comments

    Did not expect the elegance inside. A beautiful home. Glad someone rescued her before it was too late. I could really live in this one.

  11. Avatarchad8203 says: 23 comments

    Some old house lovers really know how to live the dream. The owners of this gem certainly fall into that category. Great restoration filled with very nice antiques.

  12. AvatarElizabeth Mefford says: 9 comments

    Wonder if there was any relation to the Masterson Family that built the Masterson House in here in Carrollton, KY. The listing says they were natives of KY. Said to be the oldest home west of the Allegheny mountains along the Ohio river. Built in 1790, it’s known around here as “The Masterson is currently a fundraising campaign in our small town for preservation.

  13. AvatarSarah with an H says: 33 comments

    This place makes me drool! Absolutely gorgeous inside and out. I wouldn’t change a thing and would try to talk the owners out of the beautiful Chinese rug in the dining room. Be still my heart!!

  14. AvatarLaurie W. says: 1533 comments

    How many houses in the same condition as this was have we seen here and lamented their abandonment? Such a thrill to see what CAN become of them if the right angels come to their aid. This house hit the jackpot. Much applause due to the owners!

  15. AvatarStevenF says: 687 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    The owners rolled back the enclosed back porch! ++ points from me.

  16. AvatarStevenF says: 687 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    You couldn’t replicate the grace and quality of that stair rail and banister today if you’re life depended on it!

  17. AvatarGregory K. Hubbard says: 330 comments

    This could have become another cellar hole, filled with rubble. We are so lucky these people found it and saved it, and from the record photographs, at the very last minute. We owe them a great thanks.

    • JimHJimH says: 3999 comments
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      Yes, three stars and a medal for the folks who restored this place back in the 80’s when it wasn’t a hip thing to do.

  18. AvatarJB says: 110 comments

    Beautiful restoration. It’s very nice to see the “after” pictures followed by the “before” pictures. Amazing results.

  19. AvatarClaudia says: 6 comments

    I have seen so many amazing homes on this site — as has everyone else! I just can’t wrap my head around the saints who restored this home with such dedication and LOVE. Thanks so much for sharing.

  20. AvatarSandy B says: 376 comments

    Thanks Kelly for including the link to the NR nomination doc. I read it all and recommend it as a great read for anyone loving history and historic architecture……!! The Masterson house is absolutely a fabulous example of much of vernacular architecture….the transference of architectural models of what settlers “knew” and brought to new frontiers. It is a most romantic house and a perfect restoration. I’m happy they didn’t remove the plaster from the interior stone bearing walls, for example. I so hope new owners will fully respect the historical significance of this house and the present owners intent to preserve it. I don’t know much about Missouri, but would be tempted to think about a move, given the property tax statement I received today in western WA state..!! The staircase is almost enough temptation….lyrical in its execution!!

  21. AvatarFlowerlady says: 83 comments

    The restoration of this house is breathtaking. What a wonderful vision they had of the interior and I love the kitchen. A real homey gathering place. The bedrooms are done masterfully and restore to the original, but I don’t think I would like having everything seeming to be tucked under the eaves.

  22. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9787 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted earlier this year. Price lowered and now includes some antiques, paintings, rugs so thought this deserved another look.

  23. Avatarddbacker says: 381 comments
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    1971 Uninspired split-level
    Prairie Village, KS

    I’m surprised they had to lower their price. It was worth every penny at the original list even without the extra goodies.

  24. AvatarStevenF says: 687 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    God, I’m getting old. I was going to remark about the stair and the porch enclosure roll-back, but then saw that I already had 8 month ago when first listed. I don’t even remember doing it the first time. ugh.

  25. AvatarjillieD says: 59 comments
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    1952 Ojai, CA

    Kudos to the owners. What a wonderful job.

  26. Avatartj says: 2 comments

    We live about 90 miles southwest of this home and strongly considered viewing it but decided it’s too much square footage for us. It’s a beauty, isn’t it?! When the listing first appeared I was simply smittened and honestly thought it would sell quickly with multiple backup contracts. The only reason I can think that it hasn’t sold is that it is located as a 3 acre separate parcel on a large farm and the way the acreage lays, if that farmer ever sells, you have the possibility of who knows what moving in right around you. Even with that, I’m just surprised it is still available on the market.

    A stunning home! And like so many others here have commented regarding the owners, I tip my hat to them on a superb job well done! They did that house an honor in every aspect.

  27. AvatarMim says: 8 comments

    My sister lives 1/2 hour away on 40 acres in a log cabin beautful but there is just nothing much in the area. She complains the only shopping is Walmart. She works from home, there are no jobs out there

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 9787 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      “…no jobs…”? I’m sure there are jobs, just depends on what type of work one does.

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