Painting of House Springs Massacre donated to county library | Local News

An oil painting depicting the House Springs Massacre was recently donated to the Jefferson County Library.

Local artist Eric Huff donated his historically significant painting to the genealogy department of the library on Northwest Branch, 5680 Hwy. PP, in High Ridge.

“I’m very happy about it,” said Mindy Hudson, the genealogy library staff member. “The whole purpose of our genealogy department is to preserve the history of the county and to share what history we have. The picture is already in the genealogy department. It came to the library on October 5th. “

She said someone representing Huff, who is sick, contacted Jefferson County Library officials about the donation.

“They called to let us know they were interested in us having it,” said Hudson. I said, ‘Absolutely. ‘We had a print of it. This is the original. It’s a lot more alive. “

According to historical reports, the House Springs massacre occurred in March 1800 when Adam House, a member of the family House Springs is named after, and his young son Jacob were cruelly killed by Native Americans.

“(Huff) grew up in the area and heard stories about the massacre,” said Hudson. “As a 14-year-old boy, it caught his imagination. He became an amateur archaeologist and went to the construction site.

“The painting is as authentic as it can be. It shows Adam House and his children trying to escape the attack. (Huff) wanted it to be here so people could know about the incident. “

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