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Near Battlefield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Gibson's House Site

Wilson's Creek

 
 
Gibson's House Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
1. Gibson's House Site Marker
Inscription.  An archaeological study is a lot like a detective story. In 1966 an archeological investigation uncovered many bits of evidence from the area in front of you - the remnants of John and Martha Gibson's home. Bone handled dinner service, pewter utensils, and good china indicate the Gibson's relative affluence. Horse and mule shoes, wrought iron handles, an iron mold for casting lead shot, and numerous farming items point out that this "good life" was well earned. In an age when self sufficiency was a way of life John Gibson was undoubtedly a farmer, blacksmith, hunter, and carpenter, as well as a miller.

In the years after the War, the Gibson's left their home along Wilson Creek. Later the house would burn to the ground. The items uncovered allow us to gain a better understanding of this family and their lives. But some answers remain hidden, buried in written records and ruins. Like a detective, we must hope that further searching will someday provide clues to these unanswered questions.

Please do not disturb this area. All archaeological sites in the Park are protected by federal law. Help us preserve the rich history of Wilson's
Diagram of the Archaeological Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
2. Diagram of the Archaeological Site
Creek.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 6.773′ N, 93° 24.467′ W. Marker is near Battlefield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from Tour Road, on the right when traveling east. Located at stop 1, Gibson's Mill, of the Wilson's Creek battlefield driving tour. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brookline MO 65619, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gibson's Mill Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Signs From The Past (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Way to the Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gibson's Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle's Beginning ... and End (approx. half a mile away); Death of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bloody Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ray Springhouse (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Battlefield.
 
Also see . . .  Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on September 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Gibson's House Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
3. Gibson's House Site Marker
Ruins of the House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
4. Ruins of the House
Another Portion of the House Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 29, 2010
5. Another Portion of the House Ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 817 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 1, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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