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The Shapley Ross House is a historic 19th-century home in Moscow Mills. Designed in the Georgian style, it is a unique example of fine stonework masonry and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The two-story structure was built around 1820 by its namesake and Moscow Mills founder, Shapley Ross. As the owner of two mills, more than a 1,000 acres of land, and 25 slaves, Ross was the wealthiest person in Lincoln. The house features ten-foot ceilings, thick walls, several windows, and four fireplaces (three of which still work). The house today is used for historical events and full-immersion programs organized by retired history Professor Karen Donathen.


  • The Shapley Ross House is a rare example of a fine stone masonry structure in Lincoln County.
"About the Shapely Ross House, c.1820." Grand Civilian Events. Accessed June 18, 2019.  http://www.grandcivilianevents.com/about-the-shapley-ross-house.html.

Holmes, M. Patricia. "Old Rock House." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. October 18, 1972. https://dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/72000721.pdf.

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