Pitman Cemetery

Recently volunteers have restored a historic cemetery in St. Charles County that holds the grave of a Revolutionary War veteran. The grave of John Pitman is above; as is typical of Protestant settlers, the dead were buried in family cemeteries in early Missouri. Here’s a link to a great article about how the subdivision developer…

Boyd Plantation, Towne Park

Moved and restored after a disastrous fire, the Boyd Plantation house is now the centerpiece of Towne Park near Foristell in northern St. Charles County. It sits in a broad swath of open land east of Highway 63 on land donated by the Towne family. You approach it from the north where you can see…

Christian Science Reading Room

We couldn’t figure out the history of what is now a Christian Science Reading Room, but it is clearly an old house, judging from its Greek Revival style and the soft brick that makes up its walls. Early brick in the St. Louis region was not fired at as high of temperatures as later eras,…

Farmstead, Surrounded by Highways

We spotted this farmhouse, which had received some more decorative millwork but is still essentially a Greek Revival wood frame structure, sitting on a rapidly shrinking plot of land on St. Peters Parkway, just to the north of the Page Avenue Extension. What is interesting is that fair number of outbuildings are still standing. I’m…

The Lawrence Cribbin House, St. Charles County Heritage Museum

We’re going to be looking at Greek Revival farmhouses out in St. Charles County for the next week along with some other landmarks. Many of the houses are perhaps not “pure” Greek Revival anymore because of additions and elaborations, but I found it fascinating just how many survive. In this case, this is the which…

Sisters of the Most Precious Blood and O’Fallon City Hall

I had never seen the Convent of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, and it is an impressive presence on Main Street in the historic area of town. Portions of the complex were sold to the City of O’Fallon for conversion into the rapidly growing suburb for its new city hall, whose…

Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon

Fort Zumwalt is a real place, and not just the name of four high schools, and this reconstruction of the fortified log cabin that gives its name to the surrounding park and area gives us an idea of early settler days in St. Charles County. Interestingly, Fort Zumwalt, which was originally constructed by Jacob Zumwalt…

All Saints Roman Catholic Church, St. Peters

All Saints Roman Catholic Church in St. Peters traces its origins to 1823 when it was first founded by French settlers. It was known as St. Peter’s at first, which gives its name to the city and area. Only later, as more German immigrants came to the area, was the church renamed and moved to…

Old St. Peters, St. Charles County

The historic Main Street of St. Peters has a substantial number of architecturally significant buildings. We start at the northeast corner of Main and Depot streets and work our way west, looking at the north side of the street. While the area was originally settled by the French, the story is similar to much of…