Truck painting party October 20th

New painting class! October 20th at 1pm. The truck painting!!

With special guest artist- Carol Leenerts! Enjoy a fall afternoon painting with us. The truck painting can be personalized with your name, special initials, or a word. We will walk you step by step through this painting. Class is designed for all skill levels beginner through expert! We will walk you step by step through the painting. We provide all materials and supplies. Just bring yourself…. We will provide some drinks and snacks, but feel free to bring something to share! Cost is $25 for this 3 hour class. Now taking sign ups! Call or text Amy at 309-833-5282 to make reservations.



Fall Ghost Tours



During this 2 hour tour learn the history of our house and the Cambre family, how to do a paranormal investigation, and then go with our investigative team on a paranormal investigation using our equipment. $20 per person. Must be older than 16. Must make reservations, tours do sell out. Call or text 309-833-5282 to make reservations.

October 19th at 7, 8, 9 or 10pm
October 20th at 7, 8, 9 or 10pm

October 26th at 7, 8, 9 or 10pm
And after Bootiful Nauvoo! on October 27th at 9 or 10pm  We will open up later tours on this night, too!

Painting Parties and Ghost Tours!

Hello!  We are so excited about our upcoming events!  I just wanted to drop a quick note and say that spaces are filling up fast!!!  If you are interested in either the June 22nd painting party or the June 22nd ghost tours – I do have a few spots left.  Contact us at to reserve your spot!

Midsummer Ghost Tours

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Due to popular demand, we are adding a couple nights of ghost tours in June.  These tours will be two hours in length and include some historical stories about the people that have lived (and died) at the Cambre House, information about paranormal investigation, instruction on how to use paranormal investigation tools, and a chance to try these tools out inside the house with a team of paranormal investigators.  There will be a total of 4 tours with a limit of 10 people per tour.  Ages 16 years and up.  $20/person.

June 22nd at 9pm and 10pm
June 23rd at 9pm and 10pm

Please register by emailing

June painting parties


We are now accepting sign ups for our June painting parties!

We will have two different sessions to do the Bee Grateful painting.  You can customize your painting with any “Bee” quote…. Bee grateful, bee kind, bee joyful, etc.  We will walk you through each step and make it as easy and fun as possible.  This class is appropriate for all ages and talents!

Choose either June 22nd at 5pm or June 23rd at 1pm, there is a limit of 8 people per class.  Come with a friend or on your own.  Be ready to have fun.  Bring a snack or drink of your choice.  In the past we have done sign ups through Event Brite, but in order to eliminate the added fee we will do sign up through emailing: we will accept payment of $20 before class through paypal or you can pay $25 the day of class.

2nd Annual Memorial Day Open House

The 2nd Annual Memorial Day Craft Show and Open House is filling up! Plan to come visit us on Memorial Day! Get a free tour of the historic house, visit our vendors, enjoy a day in the country and get some food. We are planning on selling rib eyes, pork chops, black bean burgers, chips and some quinoa salad.
Our list of vendors:
Noble Soles with the Jesperson family
Ruth Harrison crafts and decor
Cups-N-Crafts by Nikki Fink
Four Dirty Boys Soap
Carol Leenerts Originals
Akers Decorations by Elizabeth Akers
Birdhouses by Brian Sproston
Pampered Chef with Lorri Kachinovas
Legging Girl by Dena Marmion
Mary Kay with Davette Cheney
Thirty One by Bobbi Jacob
Pink Zebra with Stephanie Fillingham
Bath Bombs by Neely
Painted Sisters Photography and Illustration


We are planning our second annual craft show and open house on Monday May 28th, Memorial Day, from ten to four.  We had such a great time last Memorial Day with a wonderful turn out, we want to do it again!  This year we already have more vendors, and more food planned!


Located between Nauvoo and Niota on the bluff, the Cambre House is a beautiful historic house. The house was the first privately owned home in Hancock County on the National Register of Historic places. Built in 1867 by French Icarian Adolphe Cambre, the house has never been extensively remodeled and is like a step back in time. Sisters, Amy and Rebecca own the home and hold events through the summer to help share the house with the public. Painting parties, midsummer movie night, and ghost tours are available from June through October. The property is also available for weddings, reunions, showers and other events. The beautiful outdoor location will have many craft and vendor booths and food for sale on Memorial Day. Free tours of the house will be available all day long. Make plans to spend a relaxing day visiting Cambre House and Farm.


Bridal Show, Sunday, October 15th, 1-4pm

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Sunday, October 15th, 1-4pm
Autumn is the best time at the Cambre House! Join us for an afternoon. If you are interested in a rustic outdoor wedding venue this would be an ideal time to see the Cambre House and Farm. This secluded location will give your family and friends privacy and plenty of space to enjoy your outdoor wedding.   We will have local vendors available for you to check out as well.  See what the Nauvoo area has to offer for your wedding.

Hancock County Historical Presentation Oct 14th

Very excited to be giving the dinner presentation at the Hancock County Historical Society meeting on October 14th. My grandmother gave the same slideshow presentation on October 16, 1982. Continuing a tradition, with some new information. Hope you see some of you there!

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The Rope Bed

Our grandparents had a passion for history and antiques. The Cambre House was a natural extension of that love. They filled the house with antique furniture that they had collected over many years of going to auctions. Some original pieces built by Adolphe Cambre, some from auctions, and a few original creations, all came together with Grandma’s vision to create a house that was like stepping back in time.

This bed was one of those pieces that was upstairs in the house for many years. When they started having fall craft shows my Uncle Bill took pictures of the house and sent them to be printed in articles in the local papers. This picture appeared in the Fort Madison paper at that time.

They bought a lot of antiques at auctions, and they also sold some. The bed was sold sometime after they stopped having the annual open house. My sister found it for sale at an antique store in Macomb and instantly recognized it. She bought it and used it in her own house. It followed her through a few moves and fifteen years later she returned it for our open house on memorial day. It is in the same spot upstairs that it was all those years. I still find it amazing that she just happened to run across it, but am so glad that it has returned home.

That’s a good sign


The Cambre House has always been a family project since my grandparents bought it. In October of 1982, grandma gave a presentation on the house to the Hancock county historical society. We still have the slides and the index cards she used to give the presentation. My favorite part tells about our family.

“The day of the sale, one of relatives said to me as we stood in the backyard and watched an eagle soar over head ‘Thats’s a good sign.’ However, the time I stepped on a snake in the pump house, and another time when a fresh gallon of red paint fell down the cellar steps with the lid coming off the third step from the bottom and the whole gallon going on the cellar floor made me wonder if maybe it was a buzzard instead.
However on the whole, it has been a fascinating experience. The happy times have outweighed the others. I want to say that even though it has been my project, if it hadn’t been for the help and support of my husband, my brother Bill who stood by to lend financial assistance if needed the day of the sale, and has helped on innumerable projects, and my sister Clara Jean Boyd who has researched the historical significance of the place, this would never have evolved to this stage.”

We are so thankful the for continued help and support of our families as we continue forward. This picture shows Uncle Bill Lionberger in front of the Apple shed during one of the fall open house and craft shows that my grandparents held during the 1980’s.