Built in 1851, the first house in the elegant Lucas Place neighborhood, the Campbell House was the home of renowned fur trader and entrepreneur Robert Campbell and his family from 1854 until 1938. The museum contains hundreds of original Campbell possessions including furniture, paintings, clothing, letters, carriages and a unique set of interior photographs taken in the mid-1880s.
“Anyone who has spent much time here over the years has heard something — or, in a few cases, seen something — that isn’t easily explained, says CHM Executive Director Andy Hahn. Click here to check out the interactive tour of STL’s haunted spots.
Campbell House Museum and award-winning local blog Distilled History were featured in St. Louis Magazine in advance of their massively successful #drinkuptweetupSTL event in September. Click here to read the article and learn more about Distilled History’s author and the history of CHM.
Some of the most popular imagery associated with Thanksgiving is, of course, Pilgrims. But when we scroll back through history, it was actually Victorians in New England who came up with most of the traditions we know and continue to celebrate today.
Some fun facts about America’s first celebrations of Thanksgiving:
- The famous first celebration took place in mid-October 1621 (not November) and probably lasted several days (which we wish was still the case).
- The next Thanksgiving, in 1623, was held in JULY (not November).
- The first officially “proclaimed” Thanksgiving was held in Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony on June 29, 1676 (also not November. Seeing a trend here?)
Obviously there weren’t any hard and fast rules on when Thanksgiving should be celebrated. So how, you might ask, did we end up with a scheduled Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November?
|Monday||By Appointment Only|
|Tuesday||By Appointment Only|
|Wednesday||10 a.m. — 4 p.m.|
|Thursday||10 a.m. — 4 p.m.|
|Friday||10 a.m. — 4 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m. — 4 p.m.|
|Sunday||12 p.m. — 4 p.m.|
Admission and a guided tour is $8 per person, children 12 and under are free (group rates available). Tours usually last between 45 and 60 minutes, the last tour each day begins at 3:30 p.m. Campbell House is open by appointment only on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Free parking is available on the YMCA lot adjacent to the Museum, please see attendant BEFORE parking. Additional Parking is available adjacent to the Museum at public parking meters ($1 for 60 minutes) on both Locust and 15th streets. The meters are free on Sunday.