A 214-year-old house for sale in Glendale | Webster Kirkwood Times

This residence at 9 Hill Drive in Glendale, although a St. Louis County Historic Landmark, is not protected from possible demolition. The 214-year-old home is one of the oldest homes in St. Louis County. | photo by Square One Media Productions

One of the oldest luxury residences in St. Louis County sits on the market in Glendale. Its sellers yearn for history buffs to buy and preserve it.

The rustic 1.5-story 214-year-old farmhouse with Victorian Gothic touches is situated on 0.45 acres at 9 Hill Drive. The owners are Merrick Mohler and his late wife, Martha Mohler. Their sons, David and John Mohler, are working with Sally Harris, a Kirkwood resident and real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway Select Properties, to sell the property.

Consisting, in part, of two log cabins connected by a dogtrot, the first two-story log cabin was built in 1808; the second cabin was built in 1820. This farm family residence was originally the A.W. Schisler House, with the land eventually developed for growing flowers for the local area. The structure was first remodeled in 1836, Harris shared, when an addition was made to its original two rooms.

“In this section, the log walls are still exposed and from the dining room of the house, which has grown around it,” she said. “There are three huge, beautiful fireplaces and leaded glass windows. In the basement you can see the exposed stone and logs with the original bark on the ceiling.

The 2,386-square-foot, two-bedroom home was listed at $600,000 at press time. A few new homes in the same neighborhood have recently been listed for over $1 million. Harris said some of the updates to 9 Hill Drive include new roofs and granite countertops in the kitchen.


The farmhouse was renovated in 1836, when an addition was made to its original two rooms. In this section, the log walls are still visible and form the dining room of the house that has developed around it.| photo by Square One Media Productions

“Part of the charm of the property is that the house is nestled in the grounds, with a small koi pond, as if you were in the countryside with privacy,” she said.

full of history

The house has been designated a historic landmark by the St. Louis County Historic Buildings Commission, but that designation does not protect it from demolition — a destiny owner that Merrick Mohler would abhor, no doubt, as he was a president of long-time member of the Glendale Historical Society. from 2000 to 2016.

In 2012, during preparations for the Glendale Centennial Observation, Merrick Mohler said he had many memories growing up in Glendale. Born in 1940, he remembers his days at North Glendale Elementary School, but little did he know that when he cycled past the mysterious house at 9 Hill Drive with its overgrown lawn and headstones in the front yard, he would one day be its proud owner.

The three tombstones that Merrick Mohler saw as a child remain in the front yard shaded by a catalpa tree that he estimated to be about 200 years old. They mark the graves of members of the Thomas Yeats family, who purchased the house in 1831. The markers are for that of daughter-in-law Malinda who died in 1832, and Yeats’ wife and daughter who died in 1834 and 1836 cholera. .

Although the three headstones remained on the property, the bodies were exhumed in the 1960s and moved to a cemetery in St. Louis. Harris said the descendants of the people depicted on the headstones live in California and would like the headstones back if the new owner doesn’t want them.

The house’s oldest residents, the Armstrong family, lived on the property for nearly 100 years, from approximately 1845 to 1939. According to obituaries, early pioneer Clinton Armstrong traveled with his

family from Tennessee on a wagon train to settle in the area. His son, Luther Armstrong, was considered the oldest man in what was then Kirkwood after his death at the age of 88 in 1926.


The headstones of Jane, Amanda and Malinda Yeats remain on the property. All three died in a cholera epidemic between 1832 and 1836. | photo by Square One Media Productions

Stories passed down from previous generations indicate that the 18th US President Ulysses S. Grant even visited this house, often to draw water from the cisterns on the property. He supposedly knew Armstrong and resided within easy riding during the six years he lived in Missouri, from 1854 to 1860.

The Mohler family moves in

In 2002, Merrick and Martha bought the house and moved into it. In 2004, the Mohlers removed the plaster from the walls of the entry (formerly the dogtrot), revealing the original log exterior walls of both cabins, and their love of the house was further cemented. He also found the use of newspaper dated 1895 as a base coat for the plaster.

“It’s actually a small, big house. A really cool property. Yes, we’re looking for a new owner for my parents’ house, but we’re hoping for someone who feels more like a caretaker,” said David Mohler, a Rock Hill resident representing his younger brothers John, Jason and Robert Mohler.

He remembers his father telling him not to touch the bark of the white oak logs or the clogging of the house, lest it affect them in some way.

“I’ve always loved that the family room was created from reconditioned barn wood,” he added.

David Mohler said his father knew the two previous owners of the residence.

“My parents have always admired the history of the place. When it became available for sale, they were living in a large house off Camellia. Dad had always loved history and Mom loved antiques and that kind of furniture. I think they may have bought the property for $400,000 at that time.


One of three large fireplaces in the 2,386 square foot two bedroom home. | photo by Square One Media Productions

David Mohler said he and his father participated in pageants and scouts, and that his father was an artist who also dabbled in the garden. The property therefore fits perfectly into the lifestyle of their family.

He said the property has become a wonderful place for family gatherings and entertaining.

“Dad used to dress up for Halloween for fun, and with the headstones in the front yard he had to bring the candy to some of the kids rather than the other way around with the kids coming into the yard,” remembers David. Mohler, who said his father had been in care for Alzheimer’s disease for a year.

His mother, Martha, a gourmet cook, actress and teacher, died in July 2021.

“It’s really hard to have an estate sale and dismantle other people’s lives like that,” he said.

Estate agent Harris said everyone she showed the house to loved her story.

“There were offers that included keeping parts of the log cabin and the building in front of the house, and I know a lot of people called city hall asking not to allow the demolition of the house,” he said. she declared.

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