Pierre Menard Home

This is part of our visit to Chester although the Pierre Menard home is in nearby Ellis Grove, said to be the first capital of Illinois. Kaskasia, nearby, was the first capital.

Pierre Menard (1766-1844) was a successful French Canadian businessman and fur trader. In 1818 to 1822 he served as the first lieutenant governor of Illinois.

Menard’s home is a fine example of French Creole-style architecture. Even by today’s standards the home’s design is timeless and very practical and befits a person of his stature. The rooms are averaged-size; the placement of the rooms are very traditional. It sits on a bluff on a sloping ground with a great view of the Mississippi River.

It has a walkout basement with a fireplace. I could imagine this was where they stored supplies. When you go up the stairs which is outside, there’s a front porch and a large entryway. The entry hall is flanked by a large living room on the left and on the right is the master’s bedroom and behind it was his office and another bedroom and a child’s nursery. Past the entry hall is the formal dining room with a door on the left going to another bedroom.

The kitchen is connected through the main house by a covered walkway. The bathroom is an outhouse. There are other two stonehouses on the premises and a garden and the house is surrounded by tall trees. I could imagine how nice they look now that the leaves are turning into beautiful earth tones.

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7 Responses to Pierre Menard Home

  1. viveka says:

    Learned something new today too – about Piere Menard … and what a fantastic gallery you have given us here from you visit in his home. So pretty … thank you so much.


  2. lolaWi says:

    the house must be huge. i thought the covered well is cute. nice furniture and some interesting wall paper. thanks for sharing.


  3. bebs1 says:

    Thanks Viveka. I’ve always heard the name but I never knew who he was until before we went there.


  4. bebs1 says:

    No, the house is not the big compared to people’s homes now but every room is meant to be used. It is a good size. Except the toilet is outside and the kitchen is in another building.


  5. viveka says:

    You’re a very adventures woman and good on you.


  6. bebs1 says:

    Not as adventurous as you Viveka. That’s why you had more fun. lol


  7. viveka says:

    Bebs, I don’t know about that … I not that adventures anymore … but I love to see new places and meet people, just like you.


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