The Jarrot Mansion

The Jarrot Mansion is one of four historic sites in Cahokia, IL, which is located just across the Mississippi river from south St. Louis. It’s a beautiful old two-story brick home, which was built in 1807 for Nicholas Jarrot. He intentionally had it built in the American style popular on the east coast at the time, instead of the French Colonial style popular in the St. Louis area.

There are several beautiful fireplaces in the home:

The windows are also beautiful:

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It was fascinating to see the difference between the stripped and finished doors in this entry:

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The staircase is amazing, for how simple it is. I love the little door underneath it, and I really love how it splits to both the left and the right at the top!

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The floor of the old upstairs ballroom is worn and curiously bumpy, but you can still imagine what a grand place it must have been “back in the day!”

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As far as I can tell, we were lucky to get to tour this old home, as it’s no longer open to the public very often. If you ever get a chance to take a look inside, I highly recommend it…it’s a great glimpse into the old Creole-Colonial Corridor of the St. Louis area!

A French Colonial Christmas

Today, after celebrating Christmas in Italy on The Hill, we traveled to the Jarrot Mansion in Cahokia to celebrate a French colonial Christmas. The house was decorated in a simple, but beautiful style:

There was a musician playing the hammered dulcimer, which really added to the festive spirit!

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And, instead of a typical American Santa, they had Saint Nicholas, also the precursor to the French Père Noël, visiting with people.

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This was a unique, and still very St. Louis, way to celebrate Christmas!