Once inside the gate at 4947 W. Florissant, follow white signs with green arrows to Hotchkiss Chapel. Built in 1909 and remodeled in 2009, this will be the location of seasonal music, reenactors, and presentations.
The 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House is unable to participate in this year's event, please check their website or contact them directly for available hours.
Since opening on February 6, 1943, the Campbell House Museum has served the greater St. Louis area as one of America’s premier historic property museums. The Museum not only preserves the Campbells’ house, but also their collection of original furniture, fixtures, paintings, objects, and thousands of pages of family documents. Included in these documents is a unique album of 60 photographs of the interior of the house taken in about 1885. In 2005, CHM completed a meticulous five-year restoration that returned the building to its opulent 1880s appearance, when the house was one of the centers of St. Louis society. As one of the most historically significant 19th Century building in St.Louis, we work hard to preserve our National Register listed buildings and important collection of original furnishings, family possessions, photographs and archival material to serve a center for education and community outreach programming
Visit the Field House Museum to experience the unhurried lifestyle of a bygone era. Visitors will delight in our opulent Christmas décor which blends traditional German feather trees with modern embellishments (or trim) and the Museum’s toy collection. Learn the legacies of the Field family on a guided tour of the historic house; including the impacts Eugene Field, the “Children’s Poet,” and Roswell Field, attorney for Dred Scott, made on our nation’s history. Meander through our current exhibits in the gallery while enjoying a selection of holiday treats and don’t miss the unique treasures available for purchase in the gift shop.
The Gittemeier House will be decorated for an 1800’s Christmas including feather trees and antique ornaments. Enjoy homemade cookies, coffee by NoCo Roasting or hot tea as you tour this 1860’s farmhouse. This landmark was built by Franz Gittemeier (Gettemeier, Gettenmeier) who came to Florissant from Prussia in the 1850s. After working as a farm hand, Franz left for the California gold rush. He returned to Florissant’s fertile land with enough gold dust to purchase 50 acres of farmland. Franz built this three story home, married and had 10 children. His children married into family names such as Behlman, Kohnen, Keeven, Korte, Meyer, Nick and contributed to the growing population of the late 1800’s Florissant. Come tour this German home and visit our archival/research center. On display you will find period furnishings, local history displays, Franz’s wooden shoes, early wedding photos, Hume’s family history, Aubuchon family furniture and much more.
The Guibourd-Valle House was built by Jacques Guibourd, merchant and landowner, in 1806. He survived a trip in a wine barrel to avoid a slave rebellion, also escaped the French Revolution, and rose to prominence in Ste. Genevieve. His family home was lived in by his descendants until the 1970's when it was willed to the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve, who maintains it as a tour home. Historically significant, this French colonial poteaux sur solle (posts on sill) home featuring Norman truss construction is located at 4th and Merchant. Especially important to those interested in Colonial architecture, it is the only home open to the public in North America with complete attic access to view this type of construction up close. 4-6 pm enjoy free tours, light appetizers, and non-alcoholic beverage.
The Hawken House is unable to participate in this year's event, please check their website or contact them directly for available hours. The exterior of the home will be decorated for drive through visits.
Come celebrate the day with us at The Daniel Boone Hays Home at Matson Hill Park! Located just a few miles from the Historic Daniel Boone Home oh Highway F, we invite you to visit the newest addition to the historic properties in the St. Charles County Parks system. This home of Daniel Boone’s namesake grandson was built circa 1836. The home will be decorated for the holidays and it is quietly situated in a beautiful valley. There is no charge. From I-64/40 Take Highway 94 towards Defiance, turn right at Highway F, go approximately 3 miles, left onto Stub Road. If you make it to the Historic Daniel Boone Home, you’ve gone too far. From I-70 Take Highway Z to New Melle, then left on Highway F, past the Historic Daniel Boone Home, Stub Road will be on the right.
Before Christmas trees were a tradition, simple boughs of greenery decorated Historic Sappington House, which opens a window to the past to look back to the early 1800s. Through a whimsical, yet historical skit, costumed Sappington cousins will enjoy the joyous season. Find the yesteryear “story connections” during a house-to-house regional tour of 25 sites. Talented Anne Williams will perform excerpts from A Christmas Carol between 12 noon and 2 pm. Holiday treats will be served.
McElhinney Log House more locally know as the Overland Historical Society Log House will be open. This event coincides with the Societies annual event of Christmas Candle Light Tour. On sight will be the 1850's log house in Christmas display, a log barn , smoke house and a small museum. Refreshments of hot cider and home made cookies have been curtailed this year, (perhaps next year) but all are welcome to stop by and experience what life could have been like 170 years ago when this was a frontier.
Myer’s House and Barn
John B. Myers purchased land to build this house in 1867. The two-story home is known for its Classical Revival style architecture, and features large rooms, each with a fireplace. It boasts a widow’s walk and columned front porch. Shortly after the estate’s completion, John Myers died of pneumonia in 1869, at the age of 48. His wife continued to run the estate until her death in 1926. The estate was threatened with demolition in the construction of Hwy 170 and saved through the cooperation of the Federal Dept. of Transportation, Historic Florissant, Inc. and owner, Mrs. Ivanich. The Myers’ House is now privately owned and on the National Register for Historic Places. The first floor houses the Weaving Department and the second floor, living quarters. Enjoy wine and cheese as you view original fresco work, original woodwork, pocket doors and paintings from the owner’s private collection.
The Old Courthouse -Gateway Arch National Park
The Tappmeyer Homestead is unable to participate in this year's event, but come see their decorated windows when you stroll past their site in Millennium Park. Please check their website or contact them directly for available hours.