Joplin Historical Neighborhoods, Inc. (JHN) was established to preserve and memorialize the rich history and Victorian architecture of three homes in the Murphysburg Historic District, providing living history museums of the formative days of Joplin, Missouri.
During the spring of 2017 David and Debra Humphreys purchased three significant Joplin properties in the Murphysburg Historic District: The Schifferdecker House at 422 S. Sergeant Avenue, The Zelleken House at 406 S. Sergeant Avenue, and The A. H. Rogers House at 623 W. Fourth Street. In collaboration with resident Joplin historian Brad Belk and restoration architect Michael Englebert Griffin, the Humphreys have established plans to restore these historic architectural properties to their original significance. Once fully restored, the properties will be open to the public for educational tours, special events, and historical research activities, offering a glimpse into Joplin’s Victorian past.
Charles Schifferdecker Home
Charles Schifferdecker built an inspired Rhine Valley German-style castle in 1890.
As with most older homes a fascinating, connected story involves former inhabitants of a residence. The narrative of how they lived is an important detail, but also of note, is their passing. In many cases, former owners died in their homes. The majestic home at 422 S. Sergeant was, itself, no stranger to death.