OUR HISTORY John & Elizabeth MULLANPHY
Taille de Noyer began as a two-room log cabin built by a French trader in the 1790s and was used as a fur trading post. John Mullanphy, an early merchant and trader and St. Louis’ first millionaire, and his wife, Elizabeth, purchased the cabin in 1805. Taille de Noyer grew through the years during which it served as the home of five generations of the Mullanphy family.
OUR HISTORY Taille de Noyer TIMELINE
Taille de Noyer
The historic Taille de Noyer house which houses the Florissant Valley Historical Society and Museum is an elegant antebellum home with stately pillars across the veranda. It is believed to be one of the oldest remaining homes in St. Louis County.
The oldest section of Taille de Noyer, a two room log cabin, is built by a French trader out of rough hewn logs in a 350 acre walnut grove on the end of the Commons of Florissant and used as a fur trading post.
John Mullanphy and his wife, Elizabeth, come to America from Ireland. They live in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Frankfort, Kentucky, before arriving in St. Louis where Mullanphy opens a store on Second Street and begins acquiring real estate.
Mullanphy purchases the original Taille de Noyer log cabin to be used as his hunting lodge. Mullanphy loved the wilderness and Florissant, which he hoped would be chosen as the seat of Missouri’s government. He offered to build a courthouse for the state offices and legislature. While this offer was rejected, Mullanphy did much for St. Louis, and built the first hospital west of the Mississippi River.
Mullanphy gives the original cabin to his daughter, Jane, and her husband, Charles Chambers, to lure them back from New York after their marriage.
Jane and Charles take up residence and begin expanding the house and furnishing it almost completely with family heirlooms. The Chambers had 17 children, and Taille de Noyer grew with the family until it became a stately mansion of 22 rooms, each with beautiful fireplaces of brick probably made at the site. Another major addition was a summer kitchen near the main house, a favorite gathering place for the Chambers’ sons.
One hundred and forty years of continuous occupancy by heirs of John Mullanphy ends when the property is acquired by the Ferguson-Florissant School District for expansion of McCluer High School. While the summer kitchen and terrace of hand-made brick were sacrificed, the Florissant Historical Society arranged for preservation of the historic home and raised funds to move the structure 200 yards to a new location.
Two bedrooms upstairs and two rooms in the newer wing downstairs are opened to the public in December. A year later two additional bedrooms and a nursery are restored and furnished.
Taille de Noyer and the museum are open for tours every Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm or by appointment.
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