Historic Bolton Home set to open with new occupants

Kursten Schwarz prepares a batch of hot chocolate for her children, from left, Isabela, Alessandra, Gideon and Gabriel before they all head up to their beds in the historic Col. Bolton home in Wardsville, Mo.

Kursten Schwarz prepares a batch of hot chocolate for her children, from left, Isabela, Alessandra, Gideon and Gabriel before they all head up to their beds in the historic Col. Bolton home in Wardsville, Mo. Photo by Kris Wilson.

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Lights at the historic Colonel Lewis Bolton home burn bright as the historic Wardsville, Mo., house glows against the early evening sky on Wednesday.

The long kitchen table with matching benches was designed by Jude Markway to fit the early 1800s period of the Colonel Bolton Home.

The limestone mansion was once home to Markway, and before him, his great-grandparents.

Generations of children have been born and reared in this limestone mansion, recognized on the National Register of Historic Places. The first children were born to Col. Lewis Bolton and his first wife, Elizabeth. Today, Mark and K├╝rsten Schwarz are caretakers of the home, grounds and meeting space, which as of Thursday will be open to the public, by appointment, for social events and tours.

After restoring the antebellum home overlooking the Osage River Valley in 1998 ....

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