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Local site receives national honors

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Mike Comer, site administrator, displays the certificate naming the Hunter-Dawson Home to the National Register of Historic Places. Jill Bock, Staff
NEW MADRID - Despite its role in history, New Madrid County has never had a home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That is until now.

A project, initially begun almost 10 years ago, has gained the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site recognition as property of national historic significance.

Site Administrator Mike Comer said when he first arrived in 1998 he soon realized no one had ever submitted the house to be included on the National Register. Several years later, with the assistance of an intern, an initial draft was developed and submitted for review. However, the intern left, so the draft set gathering dust.

During a visit to Bollinger Mill, another state historic site, Comer met Julie LaMouria. LaMouria, who had experience putting together nominations for the Historic Register, agreed to tackle the Hunter-Dawson's bid to join the rolls.

"It was really exciting ... almost like unraveling a puzzle,," said LaMouria. "There is so much history and so much information and (the House) is so much a part of New Madrid County."

LaMouria began by putting together basic information about the site. Because the Hunter-Dawson Home and its buildings are already a state historic site, she said much of the information was already available on the family at the site.

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