General Daniel Bissell House
10225 Bellefontaine Road
8 a.m. to one half hour past official sunset, except when reservations are issued.
General Information / History
The General Daniel Bissell House was built between 1812 and 1820 and is an outstanding and early example of the Federal style of architecture in the Missouri Territory. Daniel Bissell was an important figure in the early military history of the region, and the house reflects its occupancy by five generations of his family before they gave it to St. Louis County in 1961 with many of its original furnishings. The house is open for tours by advance reservation only.
In 1821 General Bissell left the military and retired to his estate which he called Franklinville Farm. He built up the estate to 2,300 acres much of which he used for farming or other production. Enslaved people provided much of the labor in building and operating Franklinville Farm and it is believed that slave quarters stood not far from the current boundaries of the park.
Bissell became a prominent community leader in the early affairs of the St. Louis area. He lived in the house with his wife Deborah and their four children until his death in 1833. His family remained there for nearly 150 years, each successive generation contributing to the house and its furnishings. The Bissell House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
A variety of historical and recreational activities are offered throughout the year including costumed reenactments, fairs, lectures and seminars.
Click here for more history on the Bissell House.
Currier & Ives: Purveyors of Cheap & Popular
In the mid-to-late 19th century few decorative items were more popular than a Currier & Ives print. The New York City based printmaker and publisher led by Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives produced more than 7,500 lithographs over 72 years of operation. Artists produced two to three new images each week and the business partners cranked out lithographic prints that were each colored by hand and sold for 25-cents to $3 to an eager public wanting to decorate their homes with a touch of sophistication, beauty, history, or humor. This exhibit presents a few select original prints in the Bissell House collection that offer a peek into the style and substance of Currier & Ives.
Tours of the exhibit and historic home are by appointment only and cannot be guaranteed on the same day. We can accommodate tours up to 20 people. Cost is $4 per adult (13+); $2 per child (8-12); children ages 7 and younger are free
To schedule a tour call (314) 615-8800 or email us at Pmailbox@stlouisco.com.
Educational Programs & Activities
Bissell House offers unique educational opportunities for children to step into the text book and experience history first-hand. Programs are appropriate for children grades 4 - 12.
Bissell House hosts a variety of historical and recreational activities throughout the year such as concerts, costumed reenactments, craft classes and fairs, lectures and seminars.
Interested in getting married in the Mansion Garden or booking an event in the Bissell Barn? Click here to contact our wedding site coordinator.