221 S Home St

Palmyra, MO 63461


(573) 769-4307


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Contact Jim Talley for a showing on this wonderful historic home

Cell   573 248-9110            e-mail   jdt@talleyclassicproperties.com


Robert and Mariah Masterson House


Marion County, Missouri

National Register of Historic Places


3 Beautifully Landscaped Acres

3 Bedrooms,  1.5 baths, 

3349 Square Ft. per County

Large Barn, Garage, Workshop





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Front elevation of the 1826 Masterson Georgian Cottage. The front is ashlar limestone. Limestone rectangular block polished to gleam like marble.

The sides and the rear rough cut limestone.

Winter photo of the front elevation.

The simple Georgian front portico greets guests to the fine restored 1826 interior.

Beautiful landscape dogwood share ground with 100 year old black walnut trees.

Owners planted purple robe locust and cherry trees to welcome guests up the driveway to the house.

A grove of hundred year old black walnut trees north of the house.

The areal view of the three fenced acres that surround the house.

The barn built by the engineer/owner. It has an attached 4 car garage.

The barn is 48' x 50'. It has a heated and air conditioned. shop that covers 14'x70' feet of additional floor space. Another attached shed is 20'x45'.




Floor plan---1st Floor

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Enter the Front Door

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The Georgian Portico leads to the central hall that traverses the first floor. The double doors open to a fabulous restored Georgian staircase.

The floors in the central hall and the front parlor and dining room have the original wide random plank chestnut floors.

They survived fifty years the house was vacant and exposed to the elements. Today they gleam. The staircase also survived to be restored to its original fabulous condition. It is a work of art.

West view from the front door to the gallery and staircase; the door with the transom opens to the rear gallery hall. Door right leads to dining room

The typical of Georgian staircases the steps are wide. The first ten steps are straight but then make a sharp curve to a nearly compete circle.

A look back to the double front door and its transom.

Notice the stair rail ends in a volute at the newel post.

Front door retains original 1826 lock and key.

The doors show original graining to look like maple but all the the interior woodwork is black walnut.

A closer look at the stairs curve .

The wall makes the curve with the stair. Notice the elegant carving at each steps spandrel. The carving decorates on the stair wall's wood trim.


The volute on the first floor newel post. Another volute decorates the second floor newel post.

The sturdy staircase survived since 1826 intact.

The Mrs. owner refinished each of the chestnut treads. They are beautiful and solid, a credit to her skill.

Here you can see how the stairs begins it sharp curve.

To further the impression of circular shape.The rail at the second floor hall enhances the circular effect.

Here you can see how the wall curves and the board that follows the curve decorated in carved leaf design.




The Formal Parlor

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The entry door to the parlor shows a Georgian molded architrave. Notice the thickness of the interior walls.

The parlor like all first floor rooms is 16X17 with 9.5 ceiling height. The original Georgian mantel is one four on the first floor.

The parlor opens to the family parlor.

The first floor rooms offer plenty of room for furniture and art.

Close-up of the parlor's Georgian mantel.

Amazing condition for its 192 years.

The hearth is consturcted of cut limestone blocks.




The Family Parlor

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The family parlor has a door leading to the rear hall. Across the hall is the kitchen.

On either side of the fireplace there are two Georgian style doors that open to shallow closets.

The red wall color is brightened by white trim and molding and white paint below the chair rail.

The window with its deep casement provides pleasant light.

A closer view of the original mantel shows that it is slightly less formal than the front parlor.

Like the other parlor the hearth is made of cut limestone slabs.




The Dining Room

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The dining room is near the front entry opposite the front parlor.

The dining room has a fireplace flanked by two storage closets for china.

Dining room view to the entry hall and staircase.

The fireplace mantel and the Georgian style doors provide a warm faux bois chestnut woodtone for the room.

The dining room fireplace and the chair rail are in the same chestnut woodtone.

The closet shelves provide convenient storage for dining room china.





The Kitchen

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The kitchen cabinets were custom made to match the original mantel and side cabinets. A door leads convenietly to the dining room.

The original mantel and storage cabinets on the north wall. They were in good condition. The owner added new shelves.

The original fire box had been bricked in for a vent for an iron stove. When the bricks were removed the large orginal cooking crane was still there.

Beautiful afternoon light streams in the west window

Sink cabinets and shelf custom made to resemble 1826 woodwork.

16 X 17 & 9.5 ceiling height and ivory painted walls make the kitchen a pleasant place to cook. Plenty of room for breakfast table for casual meals.




The Center Hall and Half Bath

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The back hall off the family parlor and the kitchen has room for a desk and other furniture.

A convenient half bath was added in the back hall with period touches like a chair rail. It also has an original peg wall hangers.

Decorative items hang from the original pegged wall rack. There are several original pegged wall racks in the house.

A view from the back hall to the double front doors.

View from the stair hall to the back hall. Note that the halls are wide enough for furniture.

Another view to the back hall from the front hall.



Floor Plan----2nd Floor

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The Landing

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Closeup of the second floor railing. Steam was likely used to bend the beautiful wood.

All the original spindles are in place.

A second view of the front staircase with its graceful curve.

It is truly amazing how these graceful curves were made with hardwood.

The volute on the second floor newel post matches the volute on the first floor newel post.

The entire second floor has random width original cherry floors.

Decorative antique boxes are displayed in the space provided by the curved strairway.

The beautifully curved rail could qualify for scuplture.




Bedrooms and Full Bath/Laundry

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Bedrooms have 15 X 16 ft of floor space. The knee walls offer some extra storage. The rooms are still more than adequate for king or queen bed .

Closet was added for convenience.

The dormer window provides pleasant light.

The master bedroom holds a king size bed. It is on the east side of the house with a dormer window.

Master has ample space for closet and comfortable chairs.

Note the beautiful cherry floors.

West bedroom boasts cherry floors and dormer window.

The closet in the west bedroom holds the furnace, a large wardrobe provides hanging space.

The views of the acreage and country side from the dormer windows are a treat to behold.

Door off landing is to a storage closet.

The dormer window located in the upstairs hall offers views to the west and a convenient place for a small desk .

The upstairs bath occupies a room large enough to accomodate a full bath, and a washer and dryer.

The laundry area in the bath/ laundry. The west facing dormer window provides daylight.

Bathroom/laundry door leads to upper hall.



The Barn/Garage/Workshop

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The large barn 48' X 50' floor space with three loft storage areas.

A four car garage with an additional 40X40 concrete slab for parking is on the east side of the barn.

The engineer owner intentionally over built the barn.

Construction photos show the massive beams and framing used. This was built to last.

The woodshop has a built in commercial dust remover. It has both heat and AC. See plans.

Plans show the floor space and division of the barn and garage. Note the three loft areas for storage in the main barn area..




The Landscaping

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More photos will be added as Spring comes to Missouri

Weeping Double Flowering Peach

Yashimo Ornamental Cherry

Ginko, Non_bearing


Black Walnut trees




The History


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.


See the link below to view the complete nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Masterson House.

Link to National Register of Historic Properties,  Masterson House, Marion County, Missouri            https://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/84002591.pdf



Link to other NRHP in Marion County, Missouri

Link to National Register of Historic Properties, Marion County, Missouri         https://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/marion.htm    



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