Category Archives: HISTORICAL

Downing House Hosts Candlelit Tour of the Past

Written on October 20, 2016 at 11:12 am, by

The Downing House Museum Complex and members of the community hosted an “Evening at the Museum – Candlelit Tour of the Past” this past weekend, October 14th and 15th.  Approximately 240 people attended the event, raising $1,200.00. Volunteers portrayed various characters and wrote their own dialogue for the two-night performance.  Characters included: a one-room school […]


Written on October 18, 2016 at 10:28 am, by

Patriots of the American Revolution were also known as Rebels, Revolutionaries, Congress-Men or American Whigs. Such were the colonists of  the British Thirteen United Colonies who violently rebelled against British control during the American Revolution and in July 1776 declared the United States of America an independent nation. Their  rebellion was based on the political […]

U.S. Navy

Written on October 11, 2016 at 9:52 am, by

On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution that marked the beginning of the U.S. Navy. The resolution called for “a swift sailing vessel, to carry ten carriage guns, and a proportionable number of swivels, with eighty men,” to be fitted quickly, for a cruise of three months. The commander was instructed to […]

Thomas Hart Benton

Written on October 4, 2016 at 11:21 am, by

Thomas Hart Benton  was born in Hillsborough, North Carolina, on March 14, 1782. He was the son of Jesse Benton and Ann Gooch Benton. When Thomas was eight years old, his father, a respected attorney, died  of tuberculosis. At the age of sixteen, Benton was admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. […]


Written on September 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm, by

The framers of the U.S. Constitution combined the best political ideas of the past to create a form of government intended to protect the rights of freedom, liberty and equality.  A great deal of emphasis is placed on the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and rightly so.  It is equally important to be reminded […]

Black Hawk War

Written on September 20, 2016 at 10:53 am, by

The Black Hawk War dates back to 1804, when a band of Sac Indians wintered at St. Louis. That particular band of Missouri River Sacs agreed to sign over all claims to all territory in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri. The rest of the tribe did not support the agreement, and the tribe split. Unrest and […]

Constitutional Convention

Written on September 13, 2016 at 10:41 am, by

The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, in the Assembly Room of the State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Convention (now called the Constitutional Convention) had been convened to make changes that would improve the Articles of Confederation. Instead, between May 25 and September 17, 1787, the delegates debated, discussed, compromised and […]

Judges Visit Historic Log Cabin Courthouse

Written on September 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm, by

A number of judges from across Missouri got a taste of courthouse history, Scotland County style when they toured the log cabin that housed the county’s first court room more than 175 years ago. Pictured (L to R) are Judge Ardie Bland, Presiding Judge, Kansas City Municipal Court; Judge Karl DeMarce, Scotland County Associate Circuit […]

Patriot Siege of Ninety Six

Written on September 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm, by

During the American Revolution the Patriot  siege of Ninety Six, South Carolina began on May 22,  1781, when Major General Nathanael Greene and 1,000 Patriots attempted an attack   on the critical village of Ninety Six, in  the South Carolina back country. After failing to seize  the fortified settlement,   they began a siege of it, which  […]

Original County Courthouse Rededicated as Part of 2016 Antique Fair Festivities

Written on August 30, 2016 at 11:19 am, by

A crowd that easily could have filled the old log cabin 25 times over gathered on Friday afternoon at the Wiggins Family Museum on Highway 136 in Memphis to commemorate the dedication of the restored structure which once had served as Scotland County’s first courthouse. “Today, as we dedicate this historic courthouse, we can also […]