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The Sappington-Concord Historical Society works with other organizations and institutions in the Sappington-Concord area including schools, churches, Boy Scout troops, libraries, retirement facilities, local municipalities and civic organizations. Listed below are events not directly sponsored by SCHS but are related in some way to SCHS.

These events are listed here as helpful information to SCHS members and visitors to our website. It is not a comprehensive listing and again, these events are not sponsored by SCHS. It is hoped that they are of interest to our members and website visitors.

Events Related to SCHS

Ross Malone presents Missouri's Forgotten Heroes

The June meeting of the Sunset Hills Historical Society (SHHS) will feature award-winning Missouri author Ross Malone on Monday, June 25, 2018, at 7 PM at the Sunset Hills City Hall, 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd.

Malone has taught in Missouri for over thirty years, and since retiring has worked as a radio host, published more than a dozen books and is a featured speaker on radio and television stations. His column “Back in the Day” is featured in newspapers across the state. He writes about the people, places, and events around the state that should be well-known but aren’t.

He will focus this presentation on his book Missouri’s Forgotten Heroes, and will showcase his knowledge of Missouri history and unique trivia. Malone will be available after the presentation for book sales and signings of his books.

Please join us to gain a deeper appreciation for some fellow Missourians. See you then!

Archaeology of the Sappington, Concord, Sunset Hills, Meramec River area

The Sunset Hills Historical Society (SHHS) meeting on Monday evening, May 21, 2018, will be a program that will feature the archaeology of the Sappington/Sunset Hills area. Anthropologist Rachel Murphy Azzara has a degree in anthropology from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and has worked in the field for the Illinois Department of Transportation. She has also been active in The Dig at the Sappington House in Crestwood, in conjunction with the Sappington-Concord Historical Society.

“Archaeology allows us to learn about the people before us and what they have left behind”, she said of her presentation. “It is like a mystery, finding clues that point us to how people lived their lives.”

Because this area of South St. Louis County is near the Meramec River, it is rich in Native American artifacts. She will also discuss arrowheads and other native ephemera, particularly what to do when you find something interesting.

We hope you can join us for this intriguing presentation at 7 p.m. on May 21 at the Sunset Hills City Hall, 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd. See you there!

Anne Jesse, Secretary
Sunset Hills Historical Society

Photos below are from the 2017 dig for high school students at Sappington House

Sappington House Craft Fair 2018

Sappington House Craft Fair 2018
April 28-29, 2018, 9:00-3:00

List of vendors and services

Creative Vendors:
1 Leaf Recreations
2 LH Enterprises & AOSM Creations
3 Hamlin Mosaics
4 Happy Fun Books
5 Caricatures to Go
6 Schaefer Ceramics
7 Papillon Perennials
8 Cathy’s Creative Glassworks
9 Cats in the Attic
10 Window to my World
11 One of a Kind Designs

13 JudeeDoo jewelry
14 Henley Antiques
15 Lass & Laddie

17 Craftgarden
18 Essie’s Sassy Soap
19 JWagBags
20 Beads Are Us
21 Pottery Creations by LRM
22 Puppet Pets
23 Honey Locust Hills
24 VanCardo Fishing Flies
25 Renewal by Andersen Windows

Folkways Artisans:
26 Baskets by Laura
27 Almost Amish
28 Missouri Nutcracker

Household Arts in Library of Americana:
29 Genealogy with MO State Society of DAR
30 Rug Hooking with Nola
31 Quilling with Suki
32 Quilting with Homemakers

Information & Services:

33 Authors and their Books

34 “Young ‘uns Outpost”

35 Loft Gift Shop
36 Eats at Barn restaurant

37 Sappington House Raffle
38 Old~timey Music

39 Complimentary Historic Sappington Museum 1st-floor tours
40 Flower & Herb Garden Tours (inquire in Museum)

41 S & S Farm

The Dig at Sappington House - 2018

The dig at sappington HouseStudents: application for the dig is still open
Students interested in applying should contact SCHS President, Stephen Hanpeter at 314-918-1617, or, or Sappington House Resident Manager Sally Cakouros at 314-822-8171. Make inquiries and apply by Tuesday, May 8.

The student experience

The high school student archaeological dig at Sappington House is an experience of fun, challenge and learning. The students meet archaeology as both an art, and a science. They get hands-on with archaeology, its ways and its thinking. The students work under the guidance of professional archaeologists from the Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis (ARC).

The benefits

The students get a true overview of the field of archaeology, how it is done and why. They get a feel for the work-a-day life. Their time in this service learning program can count toward service hours and it is a valuable learning experience. It may be of benefit in applying to college.

The artifacts unearthed

The artifacts that the students find go into the permanent collection of the Sappington House Museum, along with the documentation that the students create. The artifacts are analyzed and cataloged by the professional archaeologists at ARC. The artifacts capture evidence of daily life in the past and supplement written, historical records. They provide information that historical documents can not. The students are doing real, historical research. The artifacts they unearth help to preserve permanently the history of the Sappington and Concord areas for posterity.

The teachers and archaeologists

The students work under and are guided by both high school teachers and professional archaeologists. The professional archaeologists are experienced in working with students in service learning projects. The teachers may be from the same school as the student, or another high school in the area.

The ideal students
The ideal students for the program are sophomores and juniors, as they can provide their own transportation daily to the Sappington House. A special interest in history or archaeology is a plus, but even more important is an openness to a new experience, probably fairly different from previous experiences had by many students. Students should be recommended by a teacher in their school who feels the student would benefit from the experience. The atmosphere of the dig is causal and fun, but there are some expectations, such as keeping a journal. Also, one or two students are sought to chronicle the dig in writing, photos and video. They would not have hands on in the excavation, but hands on with cameras, microphones and computers.

Additional research

Students may pursue additional research related to the dig, or to the Sappington House, or to the Sappington families. The research may be supervised by one of the dig teachers, or a teacher at the student’s school. The supervision is determined by availability of teachers. Student research findings may be presented at the fall student presentation event which is optional for the students. The event is intended to put a wrap on the student’s experience.
Program is free, no fees
The program is almost completely funded by the AIA. The cost to the student and family is zero. There are no student fees. Funding is through a combination of donations, grants, and the respective organizations’ members, as well as contributions from the general public.

Dates and hours

The dates for the 2018 dig at Sappington House are from Thursday, May 31 to Saturday, June 16. The dig week runs from Tuesday to Saturday, no dig on Sundays or Mondays. The student hours are daily 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. They bring their own lunch. Students dress appropriately for summer work with sturdy shoes that cover the feet and bring work gloves. Attendance for the full 13 days is best, but exceptions can be made for scheduling challenges.

The program sponsors
Archaeological Institute of America (AIA St. Louis Society)
Sappington-Concord Historical Society (SCHS)
Historic Sappington House
City of Crestwood, Department of Parks and Recreation

To apply
Students interested in applying should contact SCHS President, Stephen Hanpeter at 314-918-1617, or, or Sappington House Resident Manager Sally Cakouros at 314-822-8171. Application for the dig is still open

Earth Day Celebration at Sunset Hills

Earth Day Festival at Sunset Hills
Saturday, April 14th – 9:30am-1:00pm
Sunset Hills Community Center 3915 S. Lindbergh

The Sunset Hills Earth Day Event is Saturday, April 14. Stop by for a Meet and Greet with fellow members of the Historical Society.

Copies of the Sunset Hills history book will be available free to current members. Share a story about Sunset Hills (that’s not already in the history book) and you win a free history book! Or just elaborate on one of the stories in the book, and you still win one!

Kids can trace a picture of historic spots in Sunset Hills and take their tracings home with them. We will have handouts about a speaker series on historic St. Louis environmental issues/events.

Recycling Activities
• Aluminum Cans
• Batteries
• Bikes
• Clothing
• Electronics (up to $50 for TV’s & monitors)
• Paper Shredding
*Gas, Paint, Oil and any Herbicide will NOT be accepted for recycling

Kids Zone
• Face painting, Balloon Artist and Bounce House

• Free Hot Dogs (while supplies last)

The Wahlig Dairy Farm by Tim Wahlig - March 26

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Sunset Hills Historical Society (SHHS) will offer a heritage program that will feature Tim Wahlig, whose family belongs to a select group of founding fathers.

The meeting is open to the public on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7 PM at the Sunset Hills City Hall.

“What an honor to be among the few families who have had a continued presence in Sunset Hills for more than 150 years,” said Tim Wahlig. “We have records of German ancestors settling in this area from 1840.” While Gustav and his brother George were born in Missouri in the early 1860’s, their father Philip and grandfather Franz,came to St. Louis from Germany, arriving in 1840 by way of the port of New Orleans. They eventually settled on property on what is today West Watson Road. They owned the Wahlig Dairy Farm, as well as a neighboring Cattle Stock Farm. They joined a large group of German immigrants who farmed and prospered in this area.

During his research Tim Wahlig discovered documents of his ancestors who were in the Civil War, were founders of Rott School, as well as founders of the local Catholic Churches.

This will be a fun evening for anyone interested in genealogy, ancestry, and reminiscing about local history. This program of the Sunset Hills Historical Society will be at the:

Sunset Hills City Hall located at 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd.; St. Louis, MO 63127.

Mark your calendars for upcoming SHHS programs:

April 14 – Earth Day Festival in Sunset Hills

May 21 – Rachel Azzara: Sappington House Dig and Meramec River archaeology

June 25 – Ross Malone, author and Missouri historian, will include book-signing and sales

July 23 – Phil Denton – Route 66

Sunset Hills Historical Society - Feb 26 - Larry Franke

Monday, February 26 at 7 PM

Sunset Hills City Hall, 3939 Lindbergh Boulevard

The Sunset Hills Historical Society invites the public to a program that will feature Larry Franke from St. Louis County Library’s Department of History and Genealogy. As a Reference Librarian at the Headquarters of the St. Louis County Library, Franke has become an expert on research, ancestor resources, and the process of finding one’s ancestors. He will demonstrate the process of researching and enumerate the resources available at the County Library and elsewhere. It will be really helpful information to know!

50 Years of Blues Hockey History - Jan 31

Sunset Hills & Sappington Concord Historical Societies Together Present an Evening with Dan O’Neill, Sports Writer and Author of When the Blues Go Marching In

Sunset Hills, MO – December 1, 2017— In a first-time partnership of the Sunset Hills Historical Society (SHHS) and the Sappington Concord Historical Society (SCHS), the public is invited to a program that will feature long-time sports columnist and feature writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dan O’Neill, on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7 PM at the Sunset Hills Community Center.
When a fire struck the south city warehouse location of Reedy Press, many books by local authors perished. While O’Neill’s books are still available at local bookstores and Amazon, this January program is being presented jointly by SHHS and SCHS to focus on St. Louis history while assisting a locally owned company and publisher.
This joint program of the Sunset Hills and Sappington Concord Historical Societies will be at the Sunset Hills Community Center located behind the Sunset Hills City Hall at 3939 South Lindbergh Blvd.; St. Louis, MO 63127.

Sunset Hill Historical Society 2018 event schedule

January 31 – Presentation by Dan O’Neill about 50 years of St. Louis Blues history

February 26 – Larry Franke from St. Louis County Library about genealogy research

March 26 – Tim Wahlig about Wahlig Dairy

April 14Earth Day Festival at Sunset Hills

May 21 – Rachel Azzara about Sappington House Dig and Meramec River archaeology

June 25 – Ross Malone presents Missouri’s Forgotten Heroes

July 23 – Phil Denton on Route 66

August – Summer Break

September 23 – German Fest

October 22– Mark Colombo

November – Administrative Meeting

December – Holiday Break

When the Blues Go Marching In - Jan 31

January 31, 2018, Wednesday at 7:00 pm presentation and book signing at the…

Venue - Sunset Hills Community Center

Venue – Sunset Hills Community Center

...Sunset Hills Community Center, “When the Blues Go Marching In: An Illustrated Timeline of St. Louis Blues Hockey” by Dan O’Neill, long-time sports columnist and feature writer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Sunset Hills Community Center located behind the Sunset Hills City Hall at 3939 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63127. Bring your hockey fan friends and your kids.

This program may be of interest to kids, especially hockey and sports fans. Please bring your kids and grandkids!

"When the Blues Go Marching In: An Illustrated Timeline of St. Louis Blues Hockey" by Dan O'Neill

Front cover of book, “When the Blues Go Marching In: An Illustrated Timeline of St. Louis Blues Hockey” by Dan O’Neill

Sunset Hills Historical Society and Sappington-Concord Historical Society together are jointly sponsoring the presentation and book signing.

See the Sunset Hills Historical Society Facebook group

See the Facebook page for Sappington-Concord Historical Society


“When the Blues Go Marching In” on the web

Description of the book from

From humble beginnings, there always has been something special about this hockey franchise and its connection to St. Louis, something about the Note on the sweater, the names who have worn it and the narrative they have created … something that has resonated over 50 years. If you were there at the start, you still feel it, the organ thumping, the building trembling, the passion exploding. You can see men and women, dressed to the nines, dancing in the aisles. You can picture Saturday nights at The Arena, when a new religion took hold, when the St. Louis Blues came marching In. It was the start of a romance that never fades, a love affair embraces sports fans in this Midwestern town and never lets go. Those first nights have been decorated in so many nights since, so many memories, so many hearts that bleed blue. You can still feel it, 50 years later, covered in vintage jerseys and ”Towel Man” tosses. It still reverberates. When the Blues Go Marching In: An Illustrated Timeline of St. Louis Blues Hockey captures that magic – the color, the characters and the excitement. It takes you through the first 50 years of the St. Louis Blues, through those early expansion-team nights, though dramatic ups and downs, through the on-going quest to capture an elusive Stanley Cup Championship. The Blues have been much more than a piece of the St. Louis landscape. From the outset, they have been equal partners in the city’s soul, an extension of its hard-working personality. They have left an indelible cultural imprint, an ever-lasting impression that is captured in the images and stories on these pages. When the Blues Go Marching In is a book St. Louis sports fans will cherish for years to come.

St Louis Public Radio interview of Dan Dan O’Neill in October, 2017

See December 1, 2017 article about the book in the South County Times

The photos in slide show below are from: 50 most outstanding players in St Louis Blues history



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"When the Blues Go Marching In" by Dan O'Neill

“When the Blues Go Marching In” by Dan O’Neill


Lindbergh new administrative offices


Lindbergh Schools new administrative offices. Photo by photo by Ursula Ruhl of the South County Times

Lindbergh Schools new administrative offices. Photo by Ursula Ruhl of the South County Times

The Lindbergh Schools have built new administrative offices. They are at the intersection of Gravois Road and Sappington Road in south St. Louis County. There will be an open house at the offices on Saturday, February 10, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. SCHS members and the public are invited to attend. Get a tour of the new building. Free.

The Sappington-Concord Historical Society gave a plaque to the Lindbergh Schools for the new offices. It is mounted in the lobby just inside the entrance. The plaque commemorates the area at the intersection of Gravois Road and Sappington Road as a crossroads of community and commerce. Johnny’s Market was the last business on the site before the new offices were built. The history of Johnny’s Market gets top billing on the plaque. The other businesses located on the site before Johnny’s are also portrayed in a time line.

A crossroads of community and commerce
Lindbergh Schools chose the site for their new offices at Gravois and Sappington Roads because of its key location in the area. It is just about as close as can be to the center of the school district. There are Lindbergh schools on the two axis of Gravois and Sappington to the north, east and south. The two roads are early roads in the area and so their intersection has long been an important center of business and social activity for the area. Sappington School and Concord School were two early schools in the area taking the names of their respective areas. They are at the core of the area served by the Lindbergh Schools and thus the name for this historical society, Sappington-Concord Historical Society.

Plaque about Johnny's Market at new Lindbergh administrative offices. Photo by photo by Ursula Ruhl of the South County Times

Plaque about Johnny’s Market at new Lindbergh administrative offices. Photo by photo by Ursula Ruhl of the South County Times

The year 2017 was the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Sappington-Concord Historical Society. The society was founded in conjunction with the Lindbergh Schools to educate its students about their local history. The historic plaque is a gift marking the 25th anniversary of the historical society and recognizing the close relationship between the Lindbergh Schools and the historical society.

Sappington-Concord Memorial Park
The small park in front of the new Lindbergh Schools offices is Sappington-Concord Memorial Park. It is bounded by Gravois, Sappington and Denny Roads. In 1944 a monument to those serving in WW II was erected at the site. It fell into disrepair over the years and was replaced in 1992 by Sappington-Concord Historical Society. The park will get new landscaping sometime this spring or summer. The monument, the SCHS World War II Honor Roll will be removed during the work for its safety. After the work, it will be remounted in a new base, in a prominent new setting that will display the monument with respect and beauty, clearly visible to drivers and the whole community. Questions? Call SCHS President Stephen Hanpeter 314-918-1617

The WWII Honor Roll in Memorial Park across Denny Road from Johnny's Market and new Lindbergh Schools administrative offices

The WWII Honor Roll in Memorial Park across Denny Road from Johnny’s Market and new Lindbergh Schools administrative offices


See South County Times article about the new Lindbergh administrative offices – Jan 19, 2018

See SunCrest Call article about the new Lindbergh administrative offices – February 1, 2018






The ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Lindbergh Schools administrative offices. Photo courtesy of Lindbergh Schools.

The ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Lindbergh Schools administrative offices. Feb 9, 2018 Photo courtesy of Lindbergh Schools.

SCHS board members in front ot plaque donated to the Lindbergh Schools.

SCHS board members in front of plaque donated to the Lindbergh Schools.





Honor Glow 2017

Veterans honored with luminaries at 2017 Honor Glow at Sappington House. The Honor Glow is a family Christmas event and patriotic ceremony to honor veterans. It also is a fundraiser for USACares, a non-profit that helps veteran and their families in crisis.

Fire pit

Fire pit






William Lowry – US Army Reserves
Randall Ottinger – Army
David Gildehaus – Navy
Bob Pieper – Army
James Doerr
Oliver Dressel – Army
Donald Patt – Army National Guard
Norman Jennewein
Harold Lindner – Marines
Ray Steinnerd

Harold Lindner, veteran honoree, after the ceremony

Harold Lindner, veteran honoree, after the ceremony

Flag presentation ceremony

Flag presentation ceremony



Student Presentations - Sunday Nov 12

The student presentations: Sunday, November 12, 2:00 pm.

Students share their experiences and finds. Artifacts from dig will be on exhibit as well as other displays related to the dig. Light refreshments.

Held at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, 7400 Grant Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.

For more information or questions, call Stephen Hanpeter  314-918-1617, or email

Quotes from 2016 student presentations

“…I didn’t know anything about archaeology. (It) was …(a) new experience” Jessica

”It was just so cool to imagine that at one point all of these little fragments had been part of something much larger.” Hannah

“I really enjoyed… the dig because of what we found… and being able to experience this with professional archaeologists. Laura

The Dig at Sappington House, 2016-2018

The Dig at Sappington House 
is a three year service learning project initiated in 2015 by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA St. Louis Society)
Co-sponsored by Historic Sappington House, City of Crestwood Department of Parks and Recreation and Sappington-Concord Historical Society (
Teachers in 2017 from Webster Groves High School and Lift for Life Academy
Students in 2017 from Lindbergh High School, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Cor Jesu Academy, Webster Groves High School, Grand Center Arts Academy
Participating professional archaeologists from the 
Archaeological Research Center (ARC) 
of St. Louis

Major funding for the Dig at Sappington House provided by AIA of St Louis. Supplemental funding from co-sponsors and individuals, in-kind services and volunteers. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer, please contact Stephen Hanpeter at 314-918-1617 or
Recruiting of students and teachers for 2018 dig season now underway.


Photos of the June 2017 dig at Sappington House below

International Archaeology Day - Oct 21

International Archaeology Day at Sappington House
Saturday, October 21, 10 am – 2 pm   Free!

Schedule of attractions
On the grounds,
11:15 – 12 noon, Lindbergh middle school Fiddlers in colonial costume

In the library
10:30 am, Perry Whitaker, Mississippi River Paddler, tells his experiences of finding Native-American artifacts as he canoes the waterways
12:00 noon, Poetry readings  from 1808 America by Mike Bickel and Brenda Thacker
12:30-12:45 pm,  Anne Williams recitation of Edgar Allan Poe
1:00 pm, Rachel Murphy Azzara, “The Dig at Sappington House, 2016-2017”

Activities ongoing, 10 am – 2 pm
Tomahawk thrower – learn how to throw a tomahawk
Musket shooter – learn how to shoot a musket
Paul and Ginny Branson – artifacts display
“Young’uns Outpost” – kids dress in costume for passport photos and then do craft activities, including tombstone rubbings at nearby Father Dickson Cemetery
Kiddie dig – hands-on artifact discovery with guidebook
Folkway artisans – demonstrations of old-time skills and crafts
• Baskets by Laura
• J & R Pashia Apiaries
• Rock Island Trading Post
Complimentary Museum tours – see the interior of Historic Sappington House

Historic Sappington House, 1015 S. Sappington Road, St. Louis, MO 63126

Free parking across the street at Crestwood Elementary and in the overflow lot off Reco Avenue

Sponsored by…
Co-sponsored by American Archaeological Institute of America (AIA St. Louis Society), Sappington-Concord Historical Society, and Historic Sappington House along with the City of Crestwood Department of Parks and Recreation

For more information, phone 314-822-8171

Photos from the June 2017 dig at Sappington House

More photos from June 2017

See 38 more photos of the 2017 dig by clicking on the link.

Saga of Historic Sappington House

Yesterday ~ an Elegant Frontier Home

The story begins with John Sappington who served in the American Revolutionary War as General George Washington’s bodyguard at Valley Forge in 1778. While on furlough in Maryland, he married Jemima Fowler soon moving to what is now West Virginia. Later in Kentucky, Daniel Boone encouraged John to go West to Missouri with Jemima, their 17 children and 40 families to settle the wilderness. In 1805, he purchased a Spanish land grant and other lands that measured three-miles long and one-mile wide (approximately from Big Bend to Lindbergh Boulevard).

As each son married, John gave him a tract of 200 acres, and on October 27, 1808, second son Thomas married Mary Ann Kinkead. They moved into the newly built Sappington House, now located at 1015 S. Sappington Road in St. Louis 63126, but then a part of Louisiana Territory. His and Mary Ann’s was the first registered marriage license in St. Louis County. Thomas was a farmer, a first lieutenant in the War of 1812 and later a justice of the peace.

Their daughter Lucinda married Granville O. Eades. One of Lucinda’s five daughters, another Mary Ann, married Christopher Hawken of the Hawken rifle manufacturing family, and she was the mistress of nearby Hawken House built about 1855. After Thomas’ first wife Mary Ann died, Thomas aged 60 years married Elizabeth Houser, and together they had four children: Therese, Fountain, Marshall and Washington. Marshall lived in the Sappington home through the Civil War until 1877. Many Sappingtons are buried in the family cemetery on Watson Road.

Afterwards, the Roses, Wingates, Nickels and Picrauxs resided at Sappington House before it was vacated, and subsequently purchased by the City of Crestwood. Civic leaders, historians, architects and the Sappington family were instrumental in bringing about the total restoration completed in 1966. The Thomas Sappington House Museum volunteers greeted over 1,600 friends and neighbors during its first few weeks open, inviting them to relive early 19th century St. Louis history. And in 2016, we celebrated its 50th anniversary with a re-enactment of Thomas’ and Mary Ann’s wedding ceremony heralded by a cannon blast.

House Construction:

Sappington House was built in 1808 by slave labor during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency. The floor plan is of the Federal style, popular on the East coast between 1780 and 1830. This house has two rooms down and two upstairs with symmetrical features, doors and windows across from each other. Because Historic Sappington House has not been relocated, the foundation of fieldstone with lime mortar is unchanged as are the architectural features listed below.

No nails were used; only wooden pegs hold the framework together. The roof is wooden shingles.

Antique, wavy glass from Ste. Genevieve and St. Charles replaced broken window panes.

At a time when most houses were clap-board or more commonly log cabins with dirt floors, Sappington House was built with brick made from Missouri clay and river sand. Facing the road, the bricks are laid in a pleasing pattern of the more decorative Flemish bond rather than the plainer English bond on the back of the house.

The home’s woodwork is a masterpiece of artisanship, especially the living room mantel which is a country interpretation of the iconic oval design favored by the Adams Brothers, Scottish architects. Under the stairway, graceful Prussian green scrollwork is on display.

The upstairs wood floors are original and thus are 209-years-old. The fireplace in the child’s bedroom still has the hexagon-shaped hearth stones that were reproduced in the other four fireplaces.

Closets and built-in cabinets denote the richness of the home since interior spaces with three walls and a door were taxed by the government at that time.

The kitchen was added about 1818, perhaps after an especially cold winter when meals from the separate summer kitchen could not be served warm.

All these structural characteristics are still visible and enhance the beauty and historical significance of the house.

Today ~ an Exceptional Historic Museum

At Historic Sappington House, the Thomas Sappington House Museum is a National Historic Landmark tucked away in a 2.5- acre park, featuring lush lawns and a small lake with a fountain. A stunning and rare example of Federal architecture in Missouri, the historic structure, and flower and herb gardens appear as they did over 200 years ago. It is judged to be the oldest brick home in St. Louis County. Meticulously restored and elegantly refurbished by Mrs. Carolyn McDonnell of the McDonnel aeronautical family, the site allows visitors to look back in time to see how the Sappington family lived in the early 1800’s.

Furnishings: From floors to walls to ceilings, volunteer docents weave stories of everyday life through the historic objects in the Museum. Here is a sampling.

• Textiles: 1825 hand-loomed reversible carpet and English chintz drapes

• Antique Furniture: Prized cherry sugar chest and a John and Thomas Seymour’s sideboard with biscuit top legs

• Art: Theorem painting and a memorial artwork showing a weeping willow stitched with human hair

• Books: Family Bible and adult Lucinda Sappington Eades’ prayer book listing the birth and death dates of the enslaved people who worked at her house

• Cultural Artifacts: Courting candle and a courting mirror

• Household Utensils: Walnut burl bowl and a broom made from a yellow birch sapling thinly stripped up and down and finally tied off near the bottom with hemp rope, both production skills likely learned from the Osage Native-Americans

• Clocks: Mahogany Seth Thomas pillar and scroll clock with wooden works to a Willard eight-day banjo clock

• Luxury Furnishings: Apothecary chest circa 1820 and Chippendale mirrors

• Metalwork and Silver: Coin silverware and a set of French pewter metric measuring cups

• Necessities: Chamber pot and the outhouse

• Needlework: Many quilts and a sampler made by ten-year-old Silvia Dale in 1808

• Pottery and Porcelain: Wedgewood and the Staffordshire soup plates depicting the U.S. Capital building before the British burned it during the War of 1812

• Toys: Papier-mache doll and a jack straws game

At Sappington House, these and many other functional and beautiful things can be found that tell us what their lives were like over 200 years ago.

Historic Sappington House also includes the nationally-recognized Library of Americana and Decorative Arts, where one can study or casually browse through the collections of U.S. and Missouri histories, genealogy and extensive research books that Mrs. McDonnell accessed to refurnish what was a mansion in its day.

Embodying the true spirit of hospitality, The Barn restaurant’s motto is that delicious food and caring friends are good for the soul. Barn customers can choose from a mouthwatering array of freshly prepared farm-to-table breakfasts all day, lunches, and hand-crafted pastries/baked desserts. Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday evenings, and catering for special events is available.

Above The Barn, the Loft Gift Shop, chosen by Riverfront Times readers as Best St. Louis Gift Shop, offers “Rustic Chic” items for your lifestyle and garden. Proceeds from shop sales benefit non-profit Historic Sappington House. Each location: the Sappington House Museum, the Library of Americana and Decorative Arts, and the Loft Gift Shop are staffed by volunteer assistants.

Located near the Interstates-44 and -270 intersection, we are less than 20 minutes from the Gateway Arch. For added interest, Historic Sappington House is adjacent to Grant’s Trail and Father Dickson Cemetery, a burial ground founded in 1903 for African-Americans.

Whether it is natural beauty or a historical/cultural experience or chic shopping or delectable dining that you crave, you will enjoy visiting Sappington House, a welcoming destination for special events, tours, and school field trips. For a preview, stroll around
And then come visit Sappington House by car, bus, or bicycle and enjoy your stay!

Tomorrow ~ an Enduring Heritage, Ours to Preserve

Some of the same things that make Historic Sappington House a landmark also present challenges for ongoing preservation. The regulations of the National Registry of Historic Places require that no gutter system can be installed, thus when it rains, water pours down the soft brick exterior. And because the wetness does not drain away from the foundation, the problems are compounded. Moisture seeps into the thick walls, trapping it and causing interior finishes to mold and deteriorate, but also resulting in wall cracks suggestive of possible extensive structural damage.

Your contribution will support urgently needed improvement projects:
• $8,000 Repair plaster and paint interior
• $2,500 Remove plaster and inspect southeast corner of parlor and master bedroom walls
• $1,000 Repoint eroded joints around west door
• $400 Monitor cracks to gauge interior integrity

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LHS Mothers Club Holiday House Tour

LHS Mothers Club Holiday House Tour

Lindbergh High School Mothers Club House Tour
Sunday, December 8, 2013
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St Johns cemetery

St Johns cemetery.

Friday, November 1, at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Twilight Tour of Old St. Johns Cemetery

Encore Twilight Tour of Old St. Johns Cemetery. The public is invited to “meet” some of the early members of St. Johns Evangelical United Church of Christ located at Lindbergh & Highway 55. See for more info. Bring your flashlights and dress for comfort. Our guides will lead you on a tour of Old St. Johns Cemetery and share stories from the past. Friday, November 1, at 6:30 pm, second tour at 7:30 pm. Meet at the flagpole in front of the church.



Sappington House as seen from the walkway to The Barn restaurant and gift shop.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Thomas Sappington House 205th anniversary celebration
Thomas Sappington House
1015 S. Sappington Rd.
Crestwood, MO 63126 Get Directions

See description of the anniversary celebration in the South County Times. Sunday, October 13, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Free and open to the public.

See video about the Sappington House made by KETC for the 200th anniversary of the house.

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