The City of Crestwood is proud to have the Thomas Sappington Historic Site as part of the Crestwood Park system. The Sappington House was built in 1808 and is believed to be the oldest brick house in St. Louis County. This restored historic site is an outstanding example of Federal architecture, which was popular during the post-revolutionary period (1780 to 1830). Period furnishings add to the ambiance.
In addition to the house, the Sappington Complex includes The Barn restaurant, a gift shop, and the Library of Americana, which includes resources on American History and Decorative Arts. The complex is staffed by over 100 volunteers who operate the gift shop, library and act as docents in the museum.
The City owns the complex, and has a cooperative relationship by City Ordinance with the Sappington House Foundation in the operation and maintenance of the facilities. The restaurant while owned by the City is operated by a private contractor and is open to the public and for special events and private parties.
Further information about the complex can be obtained by calling the Sappington House Manager at 314-822-8171.
Tours of the house are available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. On Saturdays, please call 314-822-8171 to schedule visits. Admission to the Sappington House is $5 for adults and $1 for children. Special group tours of the house may be arranged.
A videotaped tour of the house with its history is available for individuals who are not able to physically tour the Sappington Museum. The closed-captioned video is 19 minutes long and can be viewed in the wheelchair accessible Library of Americana. Admission fees and times are the same as for the walking tours.
Additionally, be sure to visit the Sappington House Gift Shop, a fascinating boutique full of unique gifts located in The Barn Restaurant, also within the Sappington House Complex. Complete your visit with coffee/tea and/or dessert, breakfast, or lunch at The Barn Restaurant, opened Tuesdays through Sundays, 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Barn Restaurant
The Barn Restaurant at Sappington House is located just steps away from the Grant’s trail amidst mature trees, gardens, and a lush lawn overlooking a sparkling pond and fountain. Beyond its charming surroundings, the Barn has quickly become a favorite spot for cyclists and walkers looking to refuel after a brisk walk or ride on the trail.
Known for its mouthwatering menu of freshly prepared, farm-to-table breakfasts and lunches, the barn is conveniently located near Highways 44 and 270. There is a revolving selection of hand crafted, made-fresh-daily pasties and rich baked goods that keep guests coming back for more.
Weddings & Events
The Historic Sappington House grounds are the perfect site for your outdoor dream wedding, parties, or a good old fashion family reunion. The Barn Restaurant a great venue for your picturesque reception, bridal showers, rehearsals, brunches, seated dinners, cocktail and hors d’oeuvres receptions and tented events are welcome. For more information, call 314-729-4720.
In addition to the Sappington House Complex, the City owns and maintains the Historic Sappington Cemetery where many of the Sappington Family are buried. Graves date back to 1811 and include veterans of the American Revolution, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War and World War I. At a recent Sappington family memorial service a grave marker was placed for John Sappington recognizing his service at Valley Forge as George Washington’s bodyguard.