Lucianna Gladney Ross was our Matriarch of Kimmswick. As an heir to the 7-Up Co., Mrs. Ross had the monies to invest in a project.
As a child, she and her family would travel to their summer home in Kimmswick. People came by train or riverboat to enjoy time in this popular river town. As time passed, the highways were built making automobiles popular, and the riverboats and trains stopped coming. The condition of the town became very run-down. Mrs. Ross visited Kimmswick in the 1970’s and her heart was broken as historic buildings had been torn down or were in deplorable condition. She decided to restore and revitalize the town, this became her project for many years to come!
Mrs. Ross passed away on January 24, 2012, at the age of 96. In 2013, Mrs. Ross’ estate gifted The Visitor Center building to the Kimmswick Historical Society. It was her desire that the Maul House continue to serve as a welcome center for guests. Our promise as Kimmswick Merchants is to keep her spirit and vision alive!