“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
North Clayton in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Historic Hanley House

Historic Hanley House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 29, 2019
1. Historic Hanley House Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1855 by Martin Franklin Henley, the Historic Hanley House is the oldest building in the City of Clayton and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house once stood on just over 100 acres of farmland. In 1876, Martin F. Hanley and his wife, Cyrene, joined with their neighbor, Ralph Clayton, to donate 104 acres of land to help establish Clayton as the County Seat.

Mr. Hanley was not just a farmer but also served as Justice of the Peace and operated a market, tavern, wood shop and blacksmith shop. He made plows and farming implements for many familiar St. Louis families including the Clayton's, Sappington's, Bissel's, Papin's and Chouteau's, just to name a few. Mr. Hanley and his wife had 11 children - 10 of whom survived to adulthood. The family worked together to make this farm a success. The women made butter and sewed hickory shirts to be sold at the market, the men worked in the fields and the young children gathered eggs in the barnyard.

In 1968, the City of Clayton purchased the Hanley House from family descendants and began a 3 year restoration before opening its doors as a museum. Today,
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the historic house possesses much of the family's original furnishings, family letters and artifacts that help to tell a compelling story of the day-to-day life in 19th century Missouri. The main house and the summer kitchen, also serving as the slave quarter on the property, survive in their original location. This is especially fortunate as few examples remain standing in Missouri today. During restoration, the City of Clayton took archaeological evidence and reconstructed the barnyard fence, well house and outhouse on their original foundations.

We hope that you will take the time to pass through the fence gate, walk the grounds and get an up-close view of a 19th century farming family.
Erected by the City of Clayton.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureAnthropology & ArchaeologyIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 38° 39.127′ N, 90° 19.886′ W. Marker is in Clayton, Missouri, in St. Louis County. It is in North Clayton. Marker is on Westmoreland Avenue, 0.1 miles east of North Hanley Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is at the entrance of the grounds of Hanley House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7534 Westmoreland Ave, Saint Louis MO 63105, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Historic Hanley House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, October 29, 2019
2. Historic Hanley House Marker
Hanley House is hidden behind some trees
markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hanley-Clayton Donation Helps Establish the St. Louis County Seat (within shouting distance of this marker); Outdoor Kitchen & Hired Man's Room (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hanley Farm, Past and Present (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Barry-Wehmiller Pavilion (approx. 0.6 miles away); 100th Anniversary of Kappa Sigma at Washington University (approx. one mile away); Francis Field and Gymnasium (approx. one mile away); Francis Olympic Field (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clayton.
Also see . . .  Historic Hanley House. From the City of Clayton's website, this is the page for the historic house. (The marker is one of four placed there.) (Submitted on February 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 10, 2023