You Can Own Your Own 1800s Theme Park in the Ozarks for $295,000


There’s dwelling in a historic house — after which there’s dwelling in a historical past theme park.

If in case you have a hankering to do the latter, then take a gander at this former Lake of the Ozarks 1800s-themed attraction — it’s up on the market for the low, low worth of $295,000.

24025 Cumberland Hole Ave., in Warsaw, Missouri, was as soon as a theme park that, for $3 a pop, taught vacationers from 1979 on what life was like within the area within the 19th century. On its 20 acres sits a blacksmith store, steam-powered grist mill, an enormous cabin known as Duckworth Tavern that was the previous’s park’s restaurant, a schoolhouse, common retailer, jail, woodshop, prepare dinner shack, publish workplace, wooden home, sheds, ticket sales space, gazebo, one-bedroom cottage, outhouses, henhouses and a two-car storage that held a working forge.

“We floor cornmeal out of the steam-powered grist mill, and guests would watch that and observe the cornmeal to the tavern, the place my mother served meals like chili, beef stew and ham and cornbread — which the guests watched us make from the cornmeal from the grist mill,” the property’s proprietor, Marion Shipman, mentioned in a cellphone interview.

Two of the cabins on the property are unique log cabins from the world — the tavern dates to 1841, when it was used as the house for Warsaw’s schoolteacher. The smaller cabin dates to 1838 or 1939 and was in all probability the house of a neighborhood trapper named Fristoe, Shipman mentioned. Many of the different 20 or so buildings had been constructed from reclaimed wooden from 19th-century barns that Shipman and his brother was the little village that sits there at the moment.

Shipman got here up with the thought to show what had been his grandmother’s land right into a history-themed attraction as a boy after which “midway dragged my household into it” when he turned 20. (He was influenced closely by Silver Greenback Metropolis in Branson, Missouri.) He determined to make it a working village within the 1870s — he wished it to appear to be the residents might need simply gotten phrase of Lt. Col. George Custer’s defeat on the Battle of Little Bighorn. Shipman closed down the attraction within the early 2000s.

Although it was by no means an enormous supply of revenue for Shipman, he hopes whoever buys the property may take into account reviving the attraction now that the world’s develop into a good greater vacationer hub — although it’s not a requirement on the market.

“Somebody might are available and make a fairly good go of it,” he mentioned.

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