by Michele Nicosia

On Friday, March 23, 2012, Grace on the Go went to Florissant, MO and toured Old St. Ferdinand’s Shrine with our informative guide, Mary.  We saw St. Rose Philippine Duchesne’s Convent School (1819), the second St. Ferdinand Church (1821), the Museum & Gift Shop (in the 1840 rectory), and the old schoolhouse (1888) where we ate a lovely buffet lunch.  After lunch we toured the Tailles de Noyer Plantation House, located nearby on the grounds of McCluer High School, site of the original plantation.  Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the original 1790 log cabin and property was owned by St. Louis’ first millionaire John Mullanphy (1758-1833), an Irish immigrant, wealthy merchant and community philanthropist; his son Bryan Mullanphy later became mayor of St. Louis.  The house, expanded by John’s daughter and son-in-law, was moved about 100 yards downslope when the high school was built; it has been furnished with period décor, toys, clothes and area memorabilia.

To begin a slide show with pictures from the event, click on the arrow in the middle of the picture below.


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