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Historic Homes to Tour in St. Louis

History comes alive when we inhabit the spaces once frequented by those who wrote it, particularly when that space has undergone the historian's scrutiny to tease out its secrets. These historic homes—repositories of the belongings and stories of prominent and lesser-known St. Louisans, from Daniel Boone, Ulysses S. Grant and Scott Joplin to Samuel Cupples, Thomas Sappington and Henry Chatillon—deliver history with a personal touch.

All of the following St. Louis attractions and historic sites are open to the public and are operated as museums. Ticket prices are quite reasonable, which makes visiting any of these points of interest good for a family on a budget. Typical visits to these historic homes will take about one or two hours.

Campbell House Museum

Built in 1851 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this extravagant three-story home was the residence of renowned fur trader Robert Campbell. Open W-Sa, 10 am-4 pm; Su, noon-4 pm. Admission and guided tour: $10 adults, children 12 and under free.

Thomas Sappington House Museum

The Sappington House, built in 1808 by the son of George Washington's bodyguard, is an outstanding example of Federal architecture, rare in Missouri. Judged to be the oldest brick home in St.

Field House Museum

Built in 1845, this three-story structure was the childhood home of Eugene Field, the “Children’s Poet.” Field’s father, Roswell, initiated the lawsuit that led to the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott Decision. The museum houses exhibition space, a library and gift shop.

Samuel Cupples House

Built in 1888, the 42-room Richardsonian mansion features opulent woodwork, Tiffany-style stained glass windows and art from 1500 to 1930. Tours by reservation $5 adults; free children under 12. Self-guided tours free. Open Tu-Sa 11 am-4 pm. Closed Jan.

Scott Joplin House State Historic Site

This National Historic Landmark is the only building in existence where the ragtime king is known to have composed some of his famous melodies. Downstairs museum traces the composer's life and career; upstairs apartment has been furnished to reflect the period. Open M-Sa, 10 am-4 pm. 

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

The home in south St. Louis County where Ulysses S. Grant lived off and on during his adult life is open for tours daily, 9:30 am-4 pm. Grounds include five carefully restored historic structures and Visitor’s Center.

The Historic Daniel Boone Home

Boone began building this four-story home in 1803 and finished it in 1810. A pioneer village includes a church and period homes. Open daily 8:30 am-5 pm; Mid-Dec-late Mar open weekends only. Tour $8 adults; $6 seniors; $5 children 5-12.

Magic Chef Mansion

Built in 1908, the mansion gets its name from the founder of the Quick Meal & Magic Chef Stove Company, who commissioned the house from architect Ernst Janssen.

Hanley House

Nestled near downtown Clayton, Hanley House (1855) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home contains original family furnishings, artifacts, and letters that offer a peek into 19th century Missouri life. Open for tours Apr-Oct, Sa-Su noon-4 pm and by appointment.