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  • Campbell House MuseumCampbell House Museum St. Louis, Missouri
    The Campbell House museum located in St. Louis, Missouri, opened in 1943, and is one of the most prominent historic property museums in the nation. It is documented as being part of the Historic American Buildings Survey between 1936 and 1941, made a city landmark in 1946, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and a National Trust for Historic Preservation Save American's Treasures project in 2000. The majestic home is taken care of by the Campbell House Foundation; and was the home and Victorian lifestyle of Robert Campbell and his wife, Virginia Kyle Campbell. Built in 1851, by John Hall, he sold it to Cornelia Hempsted Wilson in 1853, who lived in the house for a year, when Robert Campbell bought it in 1854, moving in his family and living there until the last child passed on in 1938. Robert purchased the house for around $18,000 and sometime after moving in, started increasing the size with a bigger kitchen, more servant bedrooms and dining room addition. Then again in 1867, the family started making more improvements with the combining of the two front parlors into one big one, putting on a three story bay window on the eastern side and adding three more rooms to the third floor. One of the exterior porches was enclosed in 1885 and the Morning Room built. In 1900, the street it was on became Locust Street and was renumbered to 1508 Locust Street, which is the address of the house today. The last child of Robert and Virginia was Hazlett Campbell, who passed away at home in 1938; but it was the death of the Campbell brothers and the strange complexity of the trusts and wills that a long string of litigation occurred between trustees of the estate, banks, descendants and people that claimed they were descendants. While these complexities were dealt with, the house and its contents were in limbo, and needing an up-to-date inventory would involve experts in history, art and architecture. After they all made a trip to the house, the experts stated that there wasn't another place in the world that could possibly showcase the wonderful displays of furnishings that were housed in the mid Victorian period, making it quite plain that this magnificent museum should be kept intact and preserved for posterity, as well as visual examples, perfect examples of what it was really like in that period for a wealthy family that grew up during the most exciting times of our country.  Robert Campbell's story is a wonderful inspiring story of how this country was built by men and women that came here from other countries around the world, for whatever reasons, and through hard work, patience, persistence and perseverance would able to create a legacy for those of us that can remember their hardships and to be able to thank you for the greatest country on earth. It is a true tale of the west, Midwest, triumphs and hardships that many could not and would not attempt. Virginia and Robert Campbell had 13 children and raised them all, besides raising a nation.

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  • Ulysses S. Grant National Historical SiteUlysses S. Grant National Historical Site St. Louise, Missouri
    The Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site sits on 9.65 acres in a United States National Historic Site about 10 miles from downtown St. Louis, Missouri and has been called White Haven. The site commemorates the life, military career and Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant; and contains 5 historic buildings that are preserved here including the childhood house of Julia Dent Grant, where Ulysses and Julia lived from 1854 until 1859. White Haven was working plantation, with slaves, when Grant married his wife in 1848, and stayed that way until the end of the Civil War. The plantation was set upon 1100 acres, and other than the four years he and his wife spent there in the 1850s, he never became a permanent resident again. He did purchase the property from his father-in-law, Frederick Dent in 1863, and kept it until a few months before he passed on in 1885. The other structures include a barn, the two story main house, a stone building that some believe held the slaves and the property was bought in 1821 by the Dent family. It is noteworthy that Grant and Julia were given 80 acres of the plantation in 1848, and in 1855, he began to cut and notch logs that would become their two story, 4 room house. It took about 3 days to build, with help of Grant's friends and neighbors, establishing their farmstead and calling it, Hardscrabble. Ulysses did the majority of the work himself, laying the floors, building the staircase and shingling the roof. They lived here only a short time, from September to January, when Julia's mother passed on and they moved back into the home with Dent. Here, Ulysses would run his farm and his father-in-law's growing and selling potatoes, wheat and numerous vegetables, with some fruit from the orchards and corded wood. The house was sold in 1885, the year Grant died, and was owned by many families until the place was bought by August Busch Sr. in 1907. In the meantime, the cabin had been moved to Old Orchard, Missouri and shown at the 1904 World's Fair until August had it moved and reassembled a mile from where it originally sat. In 1977, Anheuser-Busch renovated the cabin to its original condition.

January 11, 2011