Andrew Ramsay was the first English Settler in the Cape Girardeau, Missouri area.
His ancestral family immigrated from Dalhousie Castle in Scotland to Virginia. He came to the area in 1795 and settled adjacent to Louis Lorimier on a grant that stretched all the way from the Mississippi to just west of what is now Interstate 55. He was instrumental in establishing the first English speaking school west of the Mississippi at Mt. Tabor which is located about one mile west of the home.
The log cabin in the house survived the three earthquakes of 1811-1812. It is most likely the oldest standing cabin between Ste. Geneivieve and Memphis.
The home is located on the southwestern outskirts of Cape Girardeau and farm labor was provided by a significant number of slaves. A later owner's fortunes declined after the April, 26, 1863 Civil War battle at Cape. The log cabin is two story and is hidden within the walls of the right side of the adjacent photograph of the plantation style home.
The home passed through various owners until 1925 when F. J. Armstrong established a dairy - utilizing an all weather spring for keeping the milk cooled. The process of restoring the house was begun in 2004 by Carl and Connie Armstrong - when Carl retired from a career in chemical engineering. Andrew Ramsay's sister, Rebecca Ramsay Giboney became the matriarch of Elmwood which ultimately became the Louis Houck Estate. Carl has written a book about the Ramsays, Giboneys, Lorimiers and Houcks entitled Elmwood's 1000 Year Dalhousie Castle Legacy. Carl has also authored a number of books with a Christian theme. Check this link to Carl's Amazon author webpage.
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