OSS Current News

Following are topical news items about the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation's activities

Dressing Up

The exterior of the Old Stagecoach Stop is getting dressed up for what we hope is the resumption of visitor tours beginning in April 2021. A year ago, the front of the building was painted. It has been a little more than a decade since the rest of the building was power washed, scraped, caulked, and painted. Such work started October 1. As you can see in the picture of the north side (far left), there are pieces of siding that need to be replaced. Several window frames and sills have also deteriorated, as seen outside the dentist office (third from left). The dormers (far right) also need siding repair along with painting. The biggest challenge for the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation's Board of Directors is maintaining the 166 year old building.


The work is being performed by Townsend Painting LLC of Waynesville. Board Member Mark Zurbrick drafted a bid proposal and contacted area contractors, receiving bids from three companies. Tom Townsend, company owner (center), is assisted by Kelly Poole (on right at right) in replacing siding prior to priming and painting. The work is expected to be completed the third week of October 2020.


City of Waynesville Awards Foundation


Virtual Tour

Due to the closure of the museum for the foreseeable future, a virtual tour of the Old Stagecoach Stop House Museum is now available on this website. The use and selected objects of each of the ten rooms in the building are highlighted. If our building and collection appeals to you, we hope you will plan to visit in person when we are again accessible. There is much more to see.


Two projects were completed in April. The Foundation "office" adjacent to the Dentist Office had degenerated into a Fibber McGee's closet. (If this reference to a bit of radio history is not familiar to you, we invite you to "google" it.) It now has a much improved look and usefulness with new shelving and paint job. This was a planned project. The second project was unplanned - the replacing of a leaking water heater. The original 10-gallon water heater was installed by the late Gordon Scott in 1998 when the kitchen was restored. The kitchen sink cabinet was then built around the water heater, leaving little room for repair work. The leaky heater had also damaged the floor, making the job even more difficult. The head-banging, knuckle-buster repair was made by Board Member Mark Zurbrick.


Much work is afoot on this web site but it is mostly "under the hood." We have updated the underlying code but the look remains largely the same. We have kept the same Home Page layout that we designed in 2002 when we launched the web site. It had a modern look then. We still like the simple design, though now it has a "retro" look. The big change is to the "Old Settlers Gazette Archive" section. It is now responsive, meaning it will show all pages on all of your devices: desktop computer, tablet, and phone. Click on an issue or an article title in the Alphetical Index and multi-page features will appear in a new window.

New Feature

This web site has a new feature. In the green navigation frame on the left side of the home page is a link called "Podcasts." Click on this link and it will take you to a page with audio files that are sure to entertain and enrich your understanding of local history. The first selections tell of a Fourth of July picnic in Waynesville around 1910, a personal view of the building of Fort Leonard Wood, and moonshining. There are more to come.

Organization of the Year Award

The Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation received the 2019 Organization of the Year Award presented by the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce. The awards ceremony was held at The Ark on February 7, 2020. Present at the ceremony to receive the award on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Old Stagecoach Stop Foundation were (l-r): Stephanie Nutt, board member; Marge Connor, super volunteer; Terry Primas, board member; Jan Primas, Vice President; Kelly Howley, Secretary; Jeanie Porter, President; and Mark Zurbrick, board member.


The Old Stagecoach Stop has survived for more than 160 years - through the Civil War, a lightning strike, and years of neglect. It would be a shame if the building was destroyed by subterranean insects. Fortunately, the OSS recently received a free treatment due to the generosity of Darrell Thomas, owner of Sho-Me Pest, LLC. The interiors of the OSS and the McNeese Building were also given a pest control treatment. We appreciate Jordon Breedlove's thorough application of the chemicals.


With new sheathing and shingles covering the rafters of the McNeese Building and providing a dry interior, the two rooms in the World War II brick building are getting a little attention. The sagging and water-stained acoustical tile in the east room was removed and replaced with beadboard painted white. The walls received a little repair and a fresh coat of white paint. New fluorescent lighting and a fan makes for a bright breezy room.

In case you can not find us...

We have a new sign at the corner of Lynn St. and Historic Route 66, fashioned by Board Member Mark Zurbrick and printed gratis by Lone Oak Printing. It is affixed to the state's Civil War Site sign post, with MoDOT's permission. We are retiring the heavy wooden sign board that we lugged to that corner since 1992. It seems it was getting even heavier. The new sign points the way to the house museum on days that we are open.


Major maintenance work was undertaken in June and July 2019. Young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on a charitable mission (top left and center) shared their energy with us by painting the balcony banister (a painstaking job) and other parts of the front porch. Board member Mark Zurbrick, who planned and supervised all of the maintenance work highlighted above, saw to it that the rest of the building's exterior front was painted. Contractor Jonathan Ludlow was hired to remove the two layers of shingles (top right), install plywood sheathing, and new shingles (bottom left). Additionally, rain water had been running between the gutter and fascia board on the front of the building because the shake shingles did not have enough overhang. Ludlow installed flashing to correct this (bottom center). Finally, we noticed the masonry of the chimneys was visibly deteriorating, particularly the century-plus old soft bricks on the south end. Ludlow applied several coats of a masonry sealer on both chimneys (bottom right). The front of the Old Stagecoach Stop now gleams in the sunlight and the brick building is a dry one.

Other much needed maintenance projects were also undetaken in mid-summer. The board had decided toward the end of last year to renovate the McNeese Building, the World War II-era brick two-room house on our back lot, for use as a board meeting room and records storage. We currently use it for artifact and equipment storage. We found that there were several leaks in the roof. The roof was not sheathed with plywood, probably due to a plywood shortage during the war. It was simply decked with 1x6-inch planks.