Boonville Trek Takes You Back

This spring, I drove through Boonville and Cooper County guided by the Cooper County Gas Tank Tour brochure.  This brochure guides you on a tour of living history and leads you to historic destinations throughout the area.

Not too far from Boonville is the small village of New Lebanon.  A church, a one-room schoolhouse and an old country store will remind you of simpler times.  On down the road are the plantation homes of Pleasant Green, Burwood, Crestmead and Ravenswood.   I have always dreamed of living on a plantation.

Dreams, dreams always dreams with you, never common sense.

At Pleasant Green, Winky Chesnutt, owner and host met me at the door, beautifully dressed in a black dress, with a hoop skirt and lace cap. She was delightfully warm and made me feel right at home.

Home. I’ll go home. And I’ll think of some way to get him back.

Winky will give you a history lesson about the home and how Gen. Nathaniel Lyon seized Boonville in one of the first land battles of the Civil War.

Fiddle-dee-dee. War, war, war; this war talk’s spoiling all the fun at every party this spring.

Mint tea, coffee, cookies, and sugared pecans were served in the beautiful dining room. You won’t go away hungry.

As God is my witness, they’re not going to lick me.  I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again.

Ravenswood is a must see.  The furnishings are remarkable.  Massive pillars frame the front porch, where you can sit and rock for a bit.

Now isn’t this better than sitting at a table? A girl hasn’t got but two sides to her at the table.

You won’t even want to think about coming back to reality.

I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.

The Cooper County Gas Tank tour will transport you back in time; you’ll feel just like Scarlett O’Hara.

Visit to download the Cooper County Gas Tank tour brochure, and while you’re there, register to win a trip to Boonville.

Submitted by Sherry Broyles, assistant tourism director of the Boonville Tourism office.

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