Mid-Missouri mansions get decked out for the holidays

Christmas is just a couple of weeks away.

S hops are bustling with customers and families are putting the finishing touches on their holiday decorations.

This year, Boonville wants you to stroll back in time by visiting couple of historic homes filled with Christmas trees, garland, and glowing angels.

"I love Roslyn Heights and I love showing it off," Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution member Ann Bowgarth said.

Roslyn Heights is one of Boonville's last Main Street mansions standing.

It's also the headquarters for the Missouri's Daughters of the American Revolution, D.A.R.

The mansion is a popular Boonville destination especially around Christmas time when the Daughters decorate to the nines.

"We have a different theme every year and this year it's angels aglow and we do have many glowing angels," D.A.R. Member Sandra Comer said.

More than 20 trees fill the rooms of Roslyn Heights, each one uniquely decorated by a Missouri D.A.R. chapter for Christmas visitors to enjoy.

But when asked which tree was her favorite, state regent Donna Nash showed no favoritism.

"We love them all," Nash said.

While the proceeds of the $5 tour benefit the homes historic preservation many of the Daughters said the sisterhood stemming from the event the best part.

"The camaraderie of all the daughters who com and you really get to know them because they stay a while, they visit, they seem to enjoy and relax, and just enjoy the house and that's what it's all about, Comer said. It starts our Christmas spirit."

Another historic home that's sure to get you in the holiday spirit is Boonville's Riverscene Mansion Bed and Breakfast.

The mansions soon-to-be owner Donn Upp said it's an experience you shouldn't pass up.

"To experience the history of this incredible mansion is something that you can't experience everyday and the architecture that's run through the place and just to see something that was built so many years ago that's still standing today," Upp said.

Owning the home built in the 1860's has always been a dream of Upps.

"This is a house that when i was probably about 12 years old that I can remember when my aunt and uncle lived next door and I said someday I'm going to live in that house, Upp said. I write horror novels and my first novel took place in this house and as time permitted it finally came to a point where it's now going to be mine and here's my dream and I'm real excited to be able to share it with other people."

Lights twinkled on the Christmas trees as garland wrapped around a staircase that seems to be only missing Miss Scarlett O'Hara.

The decked out mansion, which is usually only open to paying bed and breakfast customers, can be toured every weekend until Christmas.

Roslyn Heights is open to visitors until Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Riverscene Mansion is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 until Christmas.

Don Upp said future plans for the estate include an elaborate murder mystery event.

He also has hopes of ringing in 2012 with a Civil War themed mascaraed ball.

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