Monday, October 6, 2014
Ulysses S. Grant's White Haven, a National Historic Site
Saturday was a very cool day, in fact the night before we had our heater running- I cannot remember when we ran it last! My sister Julia and her husband Cal wanted to get together with us, but the challenge was to find something to do with them that did not involve being out in the chilly weather. We found the perfect place for that challenge at White Haven. This national historic site was quite fascinating to us on several levels. First, imagine St.Louis in the 19th century. It had three main thoroughfares: Gravois Road to the southwest, Manchester to the west and Natural Bridge to the northwest. In 1854 one "improved road" took farmers into the city, and there was a toll to be paid for that privilege.