Sorry to be providing this update late, but Woodside was recently featured in the November/December issue of This Old House magazine on their back page called Save This Old House. It features some great information as well as contact info for Maplewood City Manager, Mr. Marty Corcoran, for those who might be interested in purchasing. It was listed in the article for a sale price of $25,000. From what I have heard, there has been some interest in Woodside. Hopefully the national exposure of This Old House magazine will help even more. This Old House also has some extended information on Woodside on their website. Click the link below or view the page from the magazone.
With Halloween a couple of days away, it seems to be an appropriate time to introduce a couple historic articles from the St. Louis Post Dispatch describing ghostly happenings in Maplewood. The articles date from 1908 and 1910. They are good stories to say the least. Click the images below for larger view. If anyone else has any Maplewood ghost stories please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
In a recent correspondence with Maplewood historian Doug Houser confirmed that there is a serious party interested in Woodside. Let’s hope the party can make it happen and strike a deal to save one of St. Louis County’s little known treasure. In addition, Doug confirmed that Woodside is slated to be featured as the “Save This Old House” article in next months issue of This Old House magazine. He posted details about it a few weeks ago on the Maplewood-Brentwood Patch. You can check it out at the link below:
I hope to ramping up more posts soon, including and article about from 1910 about a Maplewood Ghost! Just in time for Halloween!
Also, special thanks to the Brentwood Historical Society for providing a link to their blog, http://bwd1919.wordpress.com/, it has been added to the Links page.
That’s all for today.
Recently, the Maplewood City Council voted in favor of the demolition of the residence known as Woodside. To be fair, the Council fought and won an effort to save the building from being demolished by developers about 10 years ago and has since been hoping to sell to anyone with a reasonable plan for the structure. Unfortunately, no one has come forward. Woodside is Maplewood’s oldest and most historic structure. The details of Woodside’s history have been well chronicled and can be found on Doug Houser’s Maplewood History blog on Patch.
Below is a link to a petition that can be signed with the hope of urging the Council to reconsider its recent vote and give the ghostly building a little more time to find a buyer. Please consider signing it!
Doug’s Maplewood History blog: You don’t have to scroll far to see several posts about Woodside.
Maplewood historian, Doug Houser, has continued a series of blogs on Woodside at his Historic Maplewood blog on Patch. Be sure to check it out here:
Historic Papers of Woodside
The Rannells Family of Woodside
You can read all of Doug’s great blog posts here:
Maplewood historian, Doug Houser, recently blogged on Woodside on his Patch blog. It is a great read, check it out here: http://maplewood-brentwood.patch.com/blog_posts/fascinating-details-construction-and-otherwise-of-woodside-maplewoods-only-remaining-antebellum-structure. Woodside is Maplewood’s oldest standing structure and is a real gem that is in desperate need. An image of Woodside was used in our Maplewood Heritage Society logo. We will be having a dedicated section to Woodside coming soon.
Welcome to the home of the Maplewood Heritage Society. We are currently working on bringing this site on line. We hope that it will be a resource for the community of Maplewood, MO. We intend to provide Research Guides, Links, Contact Info and hopefully a Photo Gallery. Stay tuned for updates about the Maplewood Heritage Society as well as posts about the Heritage of Maplewood!