Travel: DICKEY HOUSE, MARSHFIELD, MO.: Refuge in the Hills


In the heart of the Ozarks, 190 miles west of St. Louis, Mo., lawyer Samuel Dickey built his dream house in 1906. But 85 years later, the Greek Revival mansion in Marshfield, Mo., was about to be condemned when Michaelene and Larry Stevens bought it. Restored to its previous grandeur, Dickey House is now a retreat where guests can eat pumpkin pancakes with cider syrup and watch doves fly about a private aviary.

Set on two acres filled with looming oak trees, flower gardens, a fountain and a gazebo, Dickey House combines the convenience of a hotel with the intimacy of...

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