The Sappington House Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is responsible for restoring and preserving the historic treasure, the Thomas Sappington House Museum.
Laying the foundation
In 1808 during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Sappington built this exquisite home, now a house museum, for his bride, Mary Ann Kinkead. Constructed with the help of enslaved labor, the house was erected with sun-dried bricks made on-site. Wooden pegs were used to secure the frame of the building constructed on a limestone foundation. The house almost unchanged was lived in until the late 1950s. The initial restoration began in 1963, and the house opened for public tours in 1966.
Restoration continues. Overall the structure is stable, but some bricks must be replaced due to rainwater infiltration through the porous, exterior brick walls. To mitigate this problem, historically accurate gutters will be installed as part of a major grant funding from National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In addition, roof eaves and the foundation drainage systems will be upgraded. Ongoing restoration and repairs are expensive; however we agree that preserving Historic Sappington House (HSH) for generations to come is well worth the cost.
A way for you to invest in the future is by joining our Brick-by-Brick fundraising campaign to replace the aging brickwork of the garden pathways. Click here for a brick form to download and complete with your personal message to be engraved as a lasting testament of your commitment to keep history alive at HSH.
Charting the course
Telling the story
We are all about telling stories, not only about the prominent, pioneer Sappington family, but also the native Americans and African Americans who shared their wilderness experience. To spread the news, we partner with many groups: other Historic Saint Louis sites, Lindbergh and Webster Groves school districts, homeschoolers, Archaeological Institute of America (St. Louis chapter), Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Missouri Humanities Council, Missouri History Museum, the State of Missouri and the Smithsonian magazine, just to name a few. Advanced reservations are required for group or special interest tours and can be made by calling 314 822 8171. A speaker service is also available.
We live in trying times, but now, as over the past 200 years, Historic Sappington House (HSH) stands strong and proud. HSH has weathered many challenges, both natural catastrophes like tornadoes, the New Madrid earthquake of 1811 and pandemics, and man-made calamities like wars, economic depressions and social upheavals. Through the decades, Sappington House represents more than red bricks, mortar and artifacts from yesteryear. We are a vibrant organization with a mission to bring history, the repository of events, places and people’s memories, to our neighborhoods and the world. In line with that mission and standards of practice, we are excited to bring educational programming and special events to you, our friends. The Thomas Sappington House Museum, the Library of Americana and Decorative Arts, The Barn restaurant and the Loft Gift Shop as always need your support to conserve this beautiful 1808 historic site. As we go forward together, the foundation board members of this small non-profit and I steadfastly desire to serve the St. Louis community. Please visit us, attend our activities and help us serve you. Thank you.