Welcome to the historic Larimore House Plantation in St. Louis, Missouri. You are visiting one of the largest and most innovative plantations in the mid-west. The Larimore House won an award for being the most productive farm in the area, as well as being called the "Model Farm of Missouri" by the Missouri Agricultural Society.
Wilson Larimore moved from the foothills of Kentucky to the fertile land by the Mississippi River in the year 1850. He purchased approximately 2,000 acres which he farmed using the then new mechanical farming equipment (steam engines were new at the time). Soon, the Larimore Plantation became renowned for its productivity and won many awards at the then popular agricultural fairs in and around St. Louis.
The pre-civil war house, which is Italianate in style, was finished in 1858. It boasts 14 fireplaces and 12-foot ceilings. The woodwork is unique in that it was made of mahogany and painted white in Italianate style. The servants’ quarters, which are in the upstairs over the kitchen, are now used as a honeymoon suite for Larimore bride and grooms.
The Larimores owned the plantation in St. Louis for 50 years. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Penningroth family purchased the plantation, sold off most of the land, and used it for a summer home for almost 100 years. In 1989, The Larimore House was purchased by Rick and Carole Bovey who carefully restored the historic property to its exquisite character. From 1993 until 2000, five of the Bovey children celebrated their weddings and receptions at the Larimore House location, as well as over hundreds of other brides and grooms.
In 1989, Saint Louis County put the house on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1996, the site was named a Landmark and Preservation Area by Saint Louis County. This designation enables a business in a residential location for the preservation of the property and enables it to be seen and enjoyed by the public.
The house and grounds are available for special occasions, including garden weddings and as a reception site. There is a historic wedding chapel in the loft of the wedding center which seats 250 guests.
We hope to see you here at our wedding and reception location soon!
The Bovey Family
I attended a ceremony and reception at this venue last weekend and was amazed! I've driven by this area many times and had no idea this estate existed. Evidently its been there since before the Civil War. The reception facility was also very charming.
There is no venue in town that is set up as perfectly to do both a wedding (garden or chapel) And a reception on a large, beautifully landscaped, pre-Civil War estate. We love this place!