(Listed on National Register of Historic Places)
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5236 A Hwy, Bunceton, MO 65237
New Lebanon was settled in 1819, the early settlers came from the Cumberland area of Kentucky & Tennessee and established the New Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Seminary in 1820. Rev. Finis Ewing was the first minister of this church, the oldest west of the Mississippi River. A memorial stone marks the location of the original 1820 log church north of the brick church, which was built in 1860.
The one-room school house was built in 1889 and employed one teacher for its 40 students ranging in ages 5 to 19. The desks are proportioned for grades first through eighth. It is still furnished with the original desks and other school memorabilia.
Entering the front door of "Abe's Country Store" is like stepping back into another time. This general store was operated by Abram "Abe" Rothgeb until his death in 1959 at the age of 94. His great-niece, Jeanette Rothgeb Heaton restored the building and surrounding grounds. The store has the original counters, showcases, shelving, cash register and remaining merchandise. The old gas pump, that once dispensed fuel, still stands in front of the old store. Abe's Country Store is a "General Store Museum" that sells antiques, primitives, collectibles, candy, ice cream and soda pop.
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