“CHAPTER XIV.—LONGWOOD TOWNSHIP. Introduction—Name—The English Estate of Longwood—Organization—The First Voting Place—Pin Hook Mills—The First Court in the County—Physical Features—Churches —Schools—Potter Lodge, A. F. & A. M.—Longwood Lodge, I. O. O. F.—Incidents— Murder of Mr. Majors—Col. Fields Killed—Murder of Mrs. Raines—Murderer Burned by a Mob—Village of Longwood—Biographical.” Excerpt from the History of Pettis County dated 1882. Shared digitally online via archive.org.
Longwood is an unincorporated community in north eastern Pettis County, Missouri. It had its share of goings-on according to the highlights of the chapter indicated above. The building is likely an unused community building and the dates are very faded but I can definitely read 188? to 19??. I know. A big help right?! I chose to photograph this building for the sake of preservation. Too many things being let go in this part of the country and as always, I’d love to hear the stories these doors could tell.
This section of the county makes for a very pretty Sunday drive when you don’t want to go too far but need to escape summer tourist traffic. So I leave you with a little more from that chapter on Longwood.
“Name.—Longwood derives its name from the town situated on its eastern edge. Of this place it may be said it derives its name from truly aristocratic lineage. In England one of those grand old estates which we delighted to read about in our childhood days, is and has been called for centuries, Longwood, and in this far western county is repeated after the lapse of years, a name that is loved and honored in “that far-oft-house across the sea.” The town was first called Hermantown and the postoffice Oak Grove.”
I hope you’ll decide to head over to the Thursday Doors home at Norm 2.0 and visit the other entrants of doors from around the world.