CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1797, Rebecca Ramsay Giboney along with her husband Alexander established Elmwood plantation on a knoll just west of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Elmwood Manor was modeled after still standing Dalhousie Castle in Scotland—which was founded by the Ramsay Clan millennia ago. The story of the Ramsay settlement is detailed in a recently released book by author Carl Armstrong entitled Elmwood's 1000 Year Dalhousie Castle Legacy. A book signing will be held on March 18th in Cape at Osage Center.
Elmwood Manor is entwined in the historical fabric of the development of the Southeast Missouri region from a largely unexplored wilderness into modern era towns and cities. Mary Giboney, a granddaughter of the 1797 Giboneys, married Louis Houck who was a prime mover in bringing railroads and commerce to this frontier. Louis Houck was instrumental in establishing a college which has now developed over the years into Southeast Missouri State University.
Andrew Ramsay was the brother of Elmwood Manor's Rebecca Ramsay Giboney. Author Carl Armstrong lives in a still standing 1795 Log Cabin built by Andrew Ramsay on a 1000 acre plus plantation—the cabin survived the 1811 earthquake. Andrew Ramsay established the first English speaking school west of the Mississippi.
The 22 room Elmwood manor—accessed through a winding forest trail—has always had a mystique to the locals and only recently have pictures been permitted of the rich interior features and furnishings. Dalhousie Golf Course now occupies part of the original land grant.
The book Elmwood's 1000 Year Dalhousie Castle Legacy is replete with color photos of the manor, its interior and local historical landmarks. It brings together the history of Louis Lorimier, the Ramsays, the Giboneys and the Louis Houck family (the book is available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble).
Presentations on Elmwood Manor history and book signings will be held on Saturday, March 18th at 1 to 6 PM at the Osage Center (1625 N. Kingshighway) in Cape. Historian Frank Nickell and authors Linda Nash Clark (The Journals of Pierre-Louis de Lorimier), Joel Rhodes (A Missouri Railroad Pioneer) and John Fisher (Southeast Missouri: From Swampland to Farmland) will give presentations.
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SOURCE Carl Armstrong, author