Learn More about our Participating Sites
Want to know when, where, and times a site will be open? Scroll below to learn about all of the historic houses, museums, and private homes of Historic Saint Louis.
Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum
4947 W. Florissant, St. Louis, MO 63115
314-381-0750    Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Admission: free 

Journey to Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum to enjoy a Victorian celebration.  Once inside the gates, follow signage to Historic Hotchkiss Chapel where you will find Chestnuts roasting on an open fair, seasonal and traditional singing by era singers will take place throughout the day.  At the center of the festivities will be a birthday party and what visitors may have seen during the Victorian era here in St. Louis for such a celebration.

1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House 
409 S. Buchanan, Edwardsville, IL 62025 618-692-1818   Website  Contact
Handicap Accessible: 1st Floor
 Admission: Adults: $6, Children (6-12 years old): $3, Under 6: free 

Experience an 1820s Christmas! The 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House will be decorated for the Christmas season and offering tours of the home. Historically garbed docents will discuss our rich history and demonstration open-hearth cooking in the kitchen. 
Campbell House Museum
1508 Locust Street,  St. Louis, MO 63103  314-421-0325   Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: No
 Admission: Adults: $10, Children (12 & under): free

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. 

Carondelet Historical Society

6303 Michigan Ave,  St. Louis, MO 63111
(314) 481-6303   Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: Yes (lift at side door, elevator within building) 
Admission: free

Located in the Historic Des Peres School built in 1873 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Carondelet Historical Society houses the:
Carondelet History Museum – Heritage Room, Memory Lane Room, Art gallery, Wall of Fame, World War I, II, and Civil War Exhibits, Rotating Displays.
Susan Blow Kindergarten Room – First continuous Public School Kindergarten in the United States restored to its original appearance in 1873. Frederick Bouchein Research Library – Historic St. Louis books and maps, Delor Family Papers (founder of Carondelet in 1767), Genealogy collections, thousands of photographs, City Directories from 1870.
Cleveland High School Collections – Trophies, Pennants, buttons, rings, Beacon Yearbooks, Orange & Blue newsletters, pictures, memorabilia.  

Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion
3352 DeMenil Place, Saint Louis, MO 63118
314-771-5828   Website    Contact
Handicap Accessible: No
Admission: Adult: $10, Children
(under 12): $5

Nicolas and Emilie Sophie DeMenil's Greek Revival mansion is splendidly decorated for a "joyeux Noel" reflecting both French Creole and American Victorian holiday traditions.  
D.D. Collins House 
703 W Main St, Collinsville, IL 62234 618-420-0288  Website    Contact
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Admission: free


 This holiday season each room of the Collins House (c.1845) will be adorned with a specific era Christmas tree spanning the decades fromthe 1850s to the 1930s. The bedroom will feature collections of antique and vintage toys that may have greeted youngsters on Christmas morning in days gone by. DON’T LEAVE JUST YET - also on December 7 beginning at dusk, the City of Collinsville rings in the holiday season with the Electric Christmas Parade. Electric floats and bands will guide the parade through the Uptown District and lead to Collins Park/ Collins House for the annual Christmas tree lighting. Christmas carols will be sung by the choir, and Santa will arrive to greet the wee folk and listen to their Christmas wishes. A great community event! FREE refreshments served after the parade.
Thornhill Mansion at Faust Park
15185 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO  63017 314-615-8328   Website    Contact
Handicap Accessible: Yes (no handicap restrooms)
Admission: Adult: $10 advance, $12 at gate, Children (4-12): $5

Come experience the beauty of the holiday season at the home of Missouri’s second governor in Historic Faust Park.  Help us celebrate Frederick and Nancy Bates’ first holiday season together and explore the customs of an 1819 holiday with this self-guided stroll through the festively adorned rooms. Historically dressed interpretive staff will be in attendance and the home’s décor will bring life to the contrast of elegance and frontier living that was the Bates’ family’s first years of marriage. Cash only at the gate, Credit Cards can be used in advance by calling 314-615-8328 or visiting our website.
Site will also be open December 13th, from 6 to 9pm and December 14th, from 5 to 9pm

Field House Museum
634 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102 314-421-4689   Website    Contact
Handicap Accessible: Museum & 1st Floor of Historic House
Admission: Adults: $7, Children (7-16) $4, Under 7: free

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 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.

First State Capitol State Historic Site
200 South Main St., St. Charles, MO 63301
636-940-3322   Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: 1st Floor (Video tour of 2nd Floor Available) 
Admission:  Adults: $4.50, Children: $3.00, 5 & Under: Free

Join interpreters during this special one-day event. Call for more site event information. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Gittemeier House - Historic Florissant, Inc.
1067 Dunn Road, Florissant, MO  63031
314-565-1468   Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: 1st Floor 
Admission: Donation

Enjoy period Christmas décor, coffee and homemade cookies 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.
Guibourd-Vallé House - Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve

1 N 4th St, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-9622   Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: 1st Floor (via lift)
Admission: Adults: $6, Students: $4

Join us at the Guibourd-Valle House reception and open house from 4pm - 6pm for light refreshments and free tours of this historic example of early French Colonial poteaux-sur-sol vertical log construction.
Hanley House
7600 Westmoreland Ave., Clayton, MO 63105
314-290-8553   Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: 
Admission: Adult: $5, Children (6-12): $2, 5 & Under: free 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hanley House is the oldest surviving structure in Clayton, Missouri. Martin Franklin Hanley built the Greek Revival farmhouse in 1855. In 1968 the City of Clayton purchased the Hanley House from Barbara Yore who had moved into the home to care for their aging Aunt Cal, the oldest surviving Hanley daughter. Cal never married and remained in the Hanley House until her death in 1938 at the age of 97. Because the house remained in the sole possession of the Hanley family, the home has survived largely unchanged. Situated in an acre of park land a few blocks from Downtown Clayton, the home and museum opened to the public in 1971 filled with original family furnishings, artifacts, and letters that together represent an honest portrayal of 19th-century rural Missouri life through the lens of the Hanley household.

Historic Hawken House
1155 S. Rock Hill Rd., Webster Groves, MO 63119 314-968-1857   Website   Contact Handicap Accessible: No
Admission:  Adult: $5, Children (12 & under): free
 

Take a step back into the past of a fully furnished 1857 Federal/Greek Revival style farmhouse.  The Historic Christopher Hawken House is one of the oldest homes in suburban Webster Groves.  Christopher Miller Hawken came from a family of gunsmiths who handcrafted the “Hawken Rifle”.  The house originally stood on Big Bend Boulevard along Grant Road, and was moved to Southwest Park in 1970 in order to preserve the structure.  It was the first home in Missouri to receive federal funds for restoration, which matched the amount raised by the citizens of Webster Groves and is listed on the National Historic Register.  Furnished entirely in the Victorian décor of that period.  To celebrate the day, there will be costumed docents and story tellers bringing to life the events of the historic time period.  Refreshments such as mulled cider, sandwiches and cookies are included with the price of the admission ticket.
Historic Daniel Boone Home
1868 Highway F, Defiance, MO 633419
636-798-2005   Website
Handicap Accessible: 
Admission:  Adult: $8, Senior (60+): $6, Children (5-12): $5, Under 5: free

Come and visit the Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park.
Historic Sappington House
1015 S. Sappington Rd., Crestwood, MO 63126 314-822-8171   Website   Contact Handicap Accessible: 3-Step Entrance, A 20-minute virtual tour can be viewed in the Library after 1 pm
Admission:  Adult: $5, Children
(under 12): $1
 

Historic Sappington House, decorated with evergreens and holly, opens a window to the past where visitors can see how the pioneer Sappington family celebrated Christmas. Built in 1808 during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency, Sappington House is a rare example of Federal architecture in Missouri and is judged to be the oldest brick home in St. Louis County. Through a whimsical, yet historical skit, costumed Sappington cousins will enjoy the joyous season in the elegantly refurbished parlor. Join in as Dance Discovery performs Regency-era dancing between 11 am and 1 pm in the Library. Holiday treats served. The Barn restaurant on-site offers breakfast, lunch and desserts. An 1855 fold-out map of Historic Saint Louis sites and greeting cards are on sale as souvenirs at the Loft Gift Shop. Overflow parking at Crestwood Elementary and off Reco Avenue. Reservations not necessary; but for groups of 20 or more, please call for reservations.
Jarrot Mansion State Historic Site
1124 E 1st Street Cahokia, IL 62206, MO
618-332-1782   Website   Contact 
Handicap Accessible: No
Admission:  Free

The Jarrot Mansion Project and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is offering a special holiday event on December 7th: a chance to meet and learn the story of St. Nicholas and tour the beautiful and historic Jarrot Mansion.     St. Nicholas – or Pere Noel, as he was known to the French – was a 4th century bishop whose story of helping the poor eventually transformed into the story of Santa Claus.  St. Nicholas will be at the Jarrot Mansion to greet guests and explain who he is and how he inspired our modern Santa Claus.    The Jarrot Mansion was built in 1810 for the wealthy merchant Nicholas Jarrot, and is considered the oldest brick building in Illinois.  The Mansion will be decorated for the holiday season in traditional frontier fashion, and guides will be available to explain how the Jarrot family may have celebrated the Christmas season
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 Jefferson Barracks  - Laborer's House
360 North Road, St. Louis, MO  63125
314-615-8800 Website Contact
Handicap Accessible: 1st Floor
Admission: Adult: $5.00, Children (10 & under): free

Please join us and celebrate Christmas in 1860 at the Laborer’s House in Historic Jefferson Barracks Park, in South County Saint Louis.  Meet the Ordnance Keeper’s family of 4 and a naval officer who rented a room from them as well.  You will experience Christmas during the holiday period of 1860.  Learn about our homemade decorations and enjoy our favorite Christmas time treats like cookies, hot chocolate & mulled cider.  Enjoy the ambiance of lit candles and a time when life was hard work, but yet simpler times.
Myer’s House and Barn
108 Dunn Road, Florissant, MO 63031
314-277-0204
Handicap Accessible: No 
Admission: Donation

Land for the John B. Myers house was purchased in 1867 by John B. Myers and his wife, Adelaide. 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 home went through various owners. It 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 the owner at the time, 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. Come see original fresco work, original woodwork, pocket doors and paintings from the owner’s private collection.
Mudd's Grove
302 W. Argonne Drive., Kirkwood, MO 63122
314-965-5151   Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: 1st Floor
Admission: $5

 Mudd's Grove was built in 1859 in the heart of Kirkwood by John Hoffman.  The imposing 3 story red brick building is in the Greek Revival style of architecture.  Today the lovely furnishings reflect the Victorian Era when the home was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Mudd and their 7 children.  While living here Mr. Mudd travelled extensively through the Western Territories as a land developer.  He held a number of political positions including St. Louis County Auditor.  He was a member of the Town Board of Kirkwood and the Missouri Legislature.  Mudd's Grove was purchased in 1992 by the Kirkwood Historical Society and extensively restored.  Today the home not only serves as a museum but includes a comprehensive library for historical research.  Mudd's Grove is open every Thursday and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM February through December.  The home and grounds are available for rental for special events.
Oakland House
7801 Genesta Ave, St Louis, Mo 63123
314-352-5654   Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: 1st Floor 
Admission: $5

Oakland House is a jewel in the St. Louis area not to be missed.  Spend Christmas at an 1853 Victorian mansion in Affton, Missouri. Oakland House will be dressed in all its Christmas finery. This home is fully restored and furnished with Benoist family heirlooms. Fall under the spell of Oakland House’s beauty.   

The Old Courthouse -Gateway Arch National Park

11 North Fourth Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 314-655-1614   Website  Handicap Accessible: 1st Floor
Admission: Free


An 1819 St. Louis Christmas Learn about the issues facing St. Louisans preparing for statehood. Join in the popular dances and music of the early 19th century. Historic clothing is not required to participate. Deborah Hyland will teach the popular dance steps before each dance. Dancing from 12:00 to 4:00 pm

Old Saint Ferdinand Shrine
#1 Rue St. Francois St., Florissant MO 63031 314-837-2110   Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible:
Admission: free


 St. Ferdinand Church, named after King Ferdinand,  was founded in 1789 and constructed of vertical logs. At the new site in 1819, St. Philippine Duchesne arrived to open a school. The first Mass took place on Christmas Eve 1819. This church, celebrating its bicentennial,  IS the oldest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Archdiocese built a another St. Ferdinand Church and talked of tearing down the buildings. The Friends of Old St. Ferdinand was formed to save the complex. The Archdiocese presented the organization the deed to the complex for $1 in 1958.  

Overland Historical Society
2404 Gass Ave., Overland, MO 63114 (314) 426-7027   Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: No
Admission: Suggested Donation - $3
per Adult


An authentic 1850’s log house relocated from the bluffs of the Missouri River has been faithfully reconstructed on this site.The log house contains artifacts typical of pioneer life in the mid 1850’s. Also on this site is a log barn, an original smoke house and a museum. This weekend coincides with our annual Candle Light Tour of the log house and site so visitors can visualize 1850 by candle light only. So we will also be open from 4-7pm on Saturday and Sunday. And perhaps a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus during that time period.

Ste. Genevieve Museum Learning Center
360 Market St., Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 573-883-DINO  Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible:
Admission: free

The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center is closed during renovation at the new address on 360 Market Street, which is just around the corner from the former museum. During the renovation new exhibits are being set up.We'll share updates here. The Ste. Genevieve Museum Learning Center will be a world-class museum located in the heart of historic downtown Ste. Genevieve, MO.
Sutter-Meyer Farmhouse
6826 Chamberlain Ct., University City, MO 63130
Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: 1st Floor  

Admission: free
 
The Sutter-Meyer Farmhouse is the oldest house in University City. It was originally built by William (b. 1846) and Julia Sutter on 8.33 acres of land inherited from William’s father, John Sutter (1815-1867). John Sutter came from Germany with his family in 1831.  He had 16 children. John Sutter was a dairyman whose business supplied major St. Louis hotels. The community on Olive near the Sutter farm became known as Sutter, Missouri and had its own post office! In 1875, William Sutter sold his house and property to Roman Meyer (1847-1913), another German immigrant. Meyer was a truck farmer. In 1906 the area was incorporated into the new municipality of University City. The farmhouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The City of University City now owns the farmhouse and adjacent land. It is leased by the Sutter-Meyer Society, formed in 2008 to preserve and maintain this University City treasure.
Taille de Noyer - Florissant Valley Historical Society
1896 S. New Florissant Rd., Florissant, MO 63031 314-409-9478   Website   Contact Handicap Accessible:
Admission: Adult: $3, Children: $2
  

Taille de Noyer will be open for guided tours; Florissant souvenirs and books are for sale. See the historic clothing collection, vintage toys, period furnishings, and the exposed logs of the original structure. Learn about the history of the John Mullapnhy familiy.

Tappmeyer Homestead
2 Barnes West Drive, Creve Coeur, MO 63141 314-795-9322   Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Admission: free


Constructed in 1880, the Tappmeyer Homestead is an understated elegant Victorian Italianate farmhouse. The house’s finely detailed and gracefully proportioned front porch, coupled with three high dormers on the front, causes the house to take on a playhouse-like appearance, which belies its actual size. Arriving from Germany, the Tappmeyer family, local grain farmers, lived in the home continuously for 108 years. Family lore is wagon loads of potatoes were delivered to the city, returning with lumber to build the house. The 600 ton house was moved from its prominent Olive location in 2003. The majority of the house is original including the beautiful corbels, interior and exterior trim, and balustrades. An interior wall of the house has been left exposed showing the brick nogging construction and balloon framing and is covered with original plaster and stenciling. The house will be decorated in holiday fashion.

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site - White Haven
7400 Grant Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
314-842-1867   Website   Contact
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Admission: Free

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site will be hosting a number of exciting activities focusing on the year 1819 and the debates surrounding Missouri’s possible statehood. Living history performers will portray William and Elizabeth Sappington Long, the original owners of White Haven, and Frederick Dent, father of Julia Dent Grant, throughout the day. White Haven will also be decorated for the holidays. Other activities at the park will include presentations about Missouri Statehood, a self-guided museum, holiday arts and crafts, and a giant puzzle activity. 
Willoughby Heritage Farm
631 Willoughby Ln., Collinsville, IL 62234 618-977-0941   Website   Contact 
Handicap Accessible: 1st Floor
Admission: $3

Come see the 1920’s Farmhouse decked out for the Holidays courtesy of the Collinsville Garden Club. The whole Farmyard will be decorated and the Bank Barn will host our 20 ft Christmas tree, perfect for family holiday photos. Saturday, December7th in the afternoon we will be participating in the Collinsville Christmas Parade and Sunday, December the 8th is our Christmas at Willoughby event where you can enjoy cocoa and caroling while visiting Santa. Daily admission is free, event admission $3

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