Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center

Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center A community museum and research center dedicated to preserving and making accessible the history of St. Charles and the Frenchtown area for future generations.
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Frenchtown is part of St. Charles City and was founded as an area of settlement in the early 1800s. French citizens moved out of St. Charles' central core and created their own neighborhood away from the influx of immigrants from the East. By the mid-1800s, German families had moved into Frenchtown and intermarried into many of the founding families, creating a thriving business district and neighborhood. By the beginning of the 20th century, Frenchtown was home to successful milling companies, industrial factories, the American Car and Foundry, Borromeo Catholic Church, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, a stop on the Wabash Railroad, and many influential St. Charles families. Frenchtown is one of two historic districts in St. Charles, the other being Main Street. We are at the north end of Second Street. Today,the Frenchtown district is home to nine antique stores, the Katy Trail, and Dusable Park.

04/28/2020
Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center

Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center

Our board of directors recently decided to make a donation to the Saint Charles All Together Initiative (STAT), to do something to help those who are putting themselves in harms way, and support our local restaurants. The donation was mistakenly credited to the Historic Frenchtown Association, but the powers that be are currently working on correcting the error.
Sorry for any confusion that this may have caused.

04/28/2020

Our board of directors recently decided to make a donation to the Saint Charles All Together Initiative (STAT), to do something to help those who are putting themselves in harms way, and support our local restaurants. The donation was mistakenly credited to the Historic Frenchtown Association, but the powers that be are currently working on correcting the error.
Sorry for any confusion that this may have caused.

Happy Snow Day from the Frenchtown Heritage Museum
12/16/2019

Happy Snow Day from the Frenchtown Heritage Museum

Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center
12/09/2019

Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center

This sweet family enjoyed all the trains, big and small. Come see us!

This sweet family enjoyed all the trains, big and small. Come see us!
12/08/2019

This sweet family enjoyed all the trains, big and small. Come see us!

The Great Day St. Louis video is great, but the display is even better in person! Come by and check it out this holiday ...
12/04/2019
On The Road: Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research

The Great Day St. Louis video is great, but the display is even better in person! Come by and check it out this holiday season.

Thursdays - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Fridays - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Saturdays - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sundays - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

1121 N. Second Street
St. Charles, MO 63301

While you're enjoying Christmas Traditions on Historic Main Street, make sure to stop by Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research.

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12/04/2019
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11/29/2019
Special Visitors.
11/29/2019

Special Visitors.

Come see the trains at the Museum!!
11/29/2019

Come see the trains at the Museum!!

11/28/2019
St. Charles County Parks

St. Charles County Parks

All aboard! Get an extra dose of holiday cheer and family fun with the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department this weekend! Our Holiday Toy Train Display is opening on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Heritage Museum, 1630 Heritage Landing in St. Peters. To celebrate, the Parks Department is hosting a complimentary cookie decorating and hot chocolate reception from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and everyone’s invited! This festive train display will be open for public viewing through Sunday, Jan. 5; admission is free! For more information, call the museum at 636-255-6000.

11/28/2019
St. Charles County Parks

Don't forget to venture out to the Saint Charles County Heritage Museum, to see the Holiday train display. The new additions this year include Santa's North Pole workshop, the Historic Daniel Boone home, the Daniel Boone Hays house, the house known as the pink plantation and more. The display is free, and open during regular museum hours.

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All aboard! Get an extra dose of holiday cheer and family fun with the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department this weekend! Our Holiday Toy Train Display is opening on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Heritage Museum, 1630 Heritage Landing in St. Peters. To celebrate, the Parks Department is hosting a complimentary cookie decorating and hot chocolate reception from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and everyone’s invited! This festive train display will be open for public viewing through Sunday, Jan. 5; admission is free! For more information, call the museum at 636-255-6000.

Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center
11/27/2019

Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center

Next time you see Jerry Boshears, be sure and ask him for his autograph!

Our KMOV Great Day St. Louis story will air Tuesday around 9:10. It will also air Friday sometime during the 9 o’clock hour. Let us know if you see it!

Next time you see Jerry Boshears, be sure and ask him for his autograph!  Our KMOV Great Day St. Louis story will air Tu...
11/26/2019

Next time you see Jerry Boshears, be sure and ask him for his autograph!

Our KMOV Great Day St. Louis story will air Tuesday around 9:10. It will also air Friday sometime during the 9 o’clock hour. Let us know if you see it!

Be sure to check out all the well done window paintings on 2nd Street! Especially these winning entries - Judge's Choice...
10/08/2019

Be sure to check out all the well done window paintings on 2nd Street!

Especially these winning entries -

Judge's Choice - Lois & Ariel Prettyman - 1126 N 2nd

Children's category
1st place - Lucy, Hazel & Ruby Brodeur - 912 N 2nd
2nd place - Michaela & Kane Manfull - 815 N 2nd

Adult category
1st place - Darla Ell -1200 N 2nd
2nd place - Kyle & Gabby Kohlmann- 913 N 2nd

Here are a few random pictures of the artists and their work.

Fun times at Witches and Warlocks!
10/06/2019

Fun times at Witches and Warlocks!

10/05/2019

We have 29 registered window painters this year, both in the adult category and, new this year, the child category. Come visit Frenchtown and check out the Spirit of Halloween artwork all along North Second street.

09/23/2019

Happening this Thursday, September 26, 6 - 8 p.m.

Come to the St. Charles County Heritage Museum to listen to this special lecture by local German history expert and Webster University lecturer Kristen Layne Anderson. This program, entitled "At the Point of Dutchmen's Bayonets: German Immigrants and the Outbreak of the Civil War in Missouri," will explore the role German immigrants played in the early days of the Civil War in Missouri.



This lecture is part of the Show Me Missouri: Conversations about Missouri's Past, Present, and Future speakers bureau program jointly organized and managed by the Missouri Humanities Council and the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Kristen Anderson is an associate professor at Webster University. She specializes in nineteenth-century US social history, in particular the participation of immigrants in the Civil War and debates over slavery. She is currently working on a new book examining how German immigrants remembered at commemorated their Civil War participation.

Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center
09/14/2019

Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center

There have been tales told of ghosts throughout history. The Frenchtown Heritage Museum is collecting stories of ghosts, apparitions and other experiences related to the Historic Frenchtown Area. These stories will be collected and included in a presentation at the Museum in October, 2019.

If you or anyone you know has a story related to the Historic Frenchtown area, please send details to [email protected].

There have been tales told of ghosts throughout history. The Frenchtown Heritage Museum is collecting stories of ghosts,...
09/04/2019

There have been tales told of ghosts throughout history. The Frenchtown Heritage Museum is collecting stories of ghosts, apparitions and other experiences related to the Historic Frenchtown Area. These stories will be collected and included in a presentation at the Museum in October, 2019.

If you or anyone you know has a story related to the Historic Frenchtown area, please send details to [email protected].

Relay of Voices
09/03/2019

Relay of Voices

DAY 54 - SATURDAY AUGUST 31
WINFIELD TO ST. CHARLES

Rain overnight. The pavement was still wet and the skies were overcast as I ran south out of Winfield, Missouri down Missouri Highway 79. Roadkill frogs are more frequent now – step aside raccoons and possums. Victoria took over running in Old Monroe and we cut back to toward the River on Dalbow Road. That’s where things got interesting . . .

We’re running bottom lands now. The Mississippi is on our left and the Missouri on our right. This land was under water much of 2019 (and 1973, 1993, 2008, etc.) The landscape tells the story – very few homes and those that remain show stained siding and flood debris. It tells a story of retreat and resilience. The fields are mud flats and there is high water in the ditches. Lingering effects of the flood of 2019.

Our problems were minor but felt big as we tried to get to our appointments in St. Charles, Missouri. Malfunctioning bike pedals, impassible roads, poor cell coverage, private property, shoelaces coming undone, long detour, and walking through muddy underpasses.

Two and a half miles of running along the centerline of the BNSF railroad got us back on track – add trespassing to our list of violations. It was the most problematic day of our expedition, but we recovered for a wonderful experience in St. Charles.

After his railroad run, Tom met me at the intersection with Hwy C for his exchange to bike. He’d be biking the last 13 miles into town, giving me the opportunity to play catch up and make it nearly on time to meet Bob and Marsha Adams at The Frenchtown Inn. Marsha greeted me, showed me where to park, directed me to the York room where we would stay for the night, and then discussed our plans for the afternoon together. She and Bob are not St. Charles locals, but have really invested in the community, especially their Frenchtown neighborhood.

Once Tom arrived in one piece, Marsha and Bob lead us up the road over to their home—a new house built fairly recently in this historic neighborhood, but award-winning for its sensitivity to existing styles and structures. The home won Tom and I over right away as we walked into the first floor “road house” room built out for Bob’s home brewing operation! Not only was his set up a perfect design, but he offered us some of the Kolsch on tap and it might be award-winning as well!

From here we walked back down and over to the Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center—both Bob and Marsha have served on the board over several years and work to keep this totally volunteer operation afloat. We met several locals upon arrival, learning bits and pieces about their stories as much as we learned the story of the museum itself. It’s really inspiring to see a neighborhood rally together around not just its past but its future and work to maintain a space to showcase a story and provide a gathering place.

Just down the street from the museum is Driftwood Music shop and we stopped in there next hoping to find the owner Pete. However, a friend and local musician Rick was standing in for Pete while he went out to run some errands. We learned a bit about the vintage guitars, mandolins, banjos, and fiddles lining the walls, as well as a bit about Rick’s own musical ambitions as a songwriter. As we made our exit, Rick gave us a CD. Another to add to the listening collection as soon as we invest in a CD player(!).

The walk from Driftwood to the Bike Stop Cafe for lunch was longer than expected, and very FULL of tourists roaming the cobblestone streets, in and out of shops and bars and restaurants, as well as the Riverfest happening just a half block toward the river. The food was good and my body was ready for it after a long day of running, cycling, and now walking quite a bit. We still had the walk back to go, and on the way we stopped in at Take a hike Shop. A great local bike and outdoors shop. Joe the owner walked in as we were looking around, and gave us the story behind his custom built bikes and growing online business. He also gave us a couple of bike lights to sample and make us more visible on the road—something we’d never turn down on these questionable roads along the river! Tom also grabbed a few more stickers for his helmet and we walked the few more blocks back to the Frenchtown Inn.

Time to settle in for the night. This girl was beat. And this town held some new friends to look back in on when perhaps we’re more refreshed on the other side of this journey.

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It’s that time of year again.   Calling all Witches and Warlocks!!
08/29/2019

It’s that time of year again. Calling all Witches and Warlocks!!

08/21/2019
Cheryl

Cheryl

Frenchtown Heritage Museum is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Saint Charles Oktoberfest happening on September 27, 28, 29, 2019 in the Lewis and Clark Boathouse Lot.
😎🤩😎

07/22/2019
Cheryl

Cheryl

It's that time of year again - the Frenchtown Heritage Museum will be serving a cold Bud Light, Bud Select, Budweiser or ShockTop at the 2019 Festival of the Little Hills. We're back on the parking lot behind Kilwins due to the recent flooding of Frontier Park and subsequent damage. We'll be there all weekend - you will need to purchase a bracelet for $1.00 to buy a beer - we're trying to reduce the number of minors drinking alcohol and this will speed up the process of the beer servers not having to ID because you'll have a bracelet. REMEMBER A BRACELET IS NEEDED TO PURCHASE A BUD PRODUCT FROM THIS TENT. August 16, 17 and 18 - come see us to support the museum.

Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center
07/21/2019

Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center

Great turnout for the first Saturday night performance by ComedySportz. ComedySportz is a family friendly improv show that will be calling the museum home for the rest of July and all of August. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. every Saturday night.

Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center
07/21/2019

Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center

Great turnout for the first Saturday night performance by ComedySportz. ComedySportz is a family friendly improv show that will be calling the museum home for the rest of July and all of August. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. every Saturday night.

Great turnout for the first Saturday night performance by ComedySportz. ComedySportz is a family friendly improv show th...
07/21/2019

Great turnout for the first Saturday night performance by ComedySportz. ComedySportz is a family friendly improv show that will be calling the museum home for the rest of July and all of August. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. every Saturday night.

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Frenchtown and Frog town St. Charles were not an official name but were names the old timers gave those areas of St. Charles Missouri.. I am 70 years old and the old timers that were 70 years old 50 years ago told me that Frenchtown was called Frenchtown because a Frenchman built a home in that northern part of St.Charles. I think I read somewhere that the home is inside of an existing home that still exists on North Second Street. Frog Town as called by the old timers included all the area that would flood. After the water receeded frogs were everywhere in that part of town. Hence the name Frog Town, French Town was encompassed by the larger area they called Frog Town. There are actual towns in Washington County Missouri with those official names. I can remember back in the 1960's that part of town was mostly auto salvage businesses and shanty's peppered around those businesses. It is remarkable how the area has changed since the 1960's.
Frenchtown Heritage Museum is a proud sponsor of the 2019 Saint Charles Oktoberfest happening on September 27, 28, 29, 2019 in the Lewis and Clark Boathouse Lot. 😎🤩😎
It's that time of year again - the Frenchtown Heritage Museum will be serving a cold Bud Light, Bud Select, Budweiser or ShockTop at the 2019 Festival of the Little Hills. We're back on the parking lot behind Kilwins due to the recent flooding of Frontier Park and subsequent damage. We'll be there all weekend - you will need to purchase a bracelet for $1.00 to buy a beer - we're trying to reduce the number of minors drinking alcohol and this will speed up the process of the beer servers not having to ID because you'll have a bracelet. REMEMBER A BRACELET IS NEEDED TO PURCHASE A BUD PRODUCT FROM THIS TENT. August 16, 17 and 18 - come see us to support the museum.
The Lego train layout at the depot...come on down to Christmas Traditions and take a look!
Having fun at Witches and Warlocks night at the Frenchtown Museum