Pierre Menard Home Open House
The Pierre Menard Home will open for the season on May 1st. An Open House will be held on May 4th and period refreshments will be served. Hours are 9 to 5, with tours of the Home from 9:30 to 4:30.
This elegant post-on-sill frame house was built for Pierre Menard (1766-1844), a successful French Canadian businessman and fur trader, was presiding officer of the Illinois Territorial Legislature and from 1818 to 1822 served as the first lieutenant governor.
The two-story (ca. 1802) home is an unusually fine example of French Creole-style architecture, built into gently sloping land at the bottom of a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Among the notable features are a steep double-hipped roof and a galerie, or porch, that wraps the building’s front façade and gable ends. The rooms on the main floor include the entry hall, parlor, master bedroom, dining room, two additional bedrooms, maid's room and a nursery and features early 19th-century period furnishings. Behind the home is a period stone kitchen with a “restored” brick baking oven. The grounds include a privy, a reconstructed smokehouse and springhouse, and a historic herb and vegetable garden. In 1970 the Home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.
May through October, Wednesday - Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm
By appointment only November through April
Closed on Major Holidays
There is no charge to visit the Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site, although donations are appreciated.
Pierre Menard Home
4230 Kaskaskia Road
Ellis Grove, IL 62241 (Map)