The Campbell House Museum has opened a new Special Exhibit, Virginia Campbell: Independence of Spirit. The exhibit contains objects that belonged to Mrs. Campbell, including displays of her dresses.
Virginia Campbell came to St. Louis as a new bride in 1841 after marrying Robert Campbell. Virginia, a well educated woman for her day, taught her three children at home until they started school. Her sons would later keep the furnishings of the Lucas Place house intact.
Virginia was an independent nineteenth-century woman. She often traveled without an escort, defying Victorian conventions. She once entertained President Ulysses S. Grant at home while Robert was away on business. The exhibit features excerpts from Campbell family letters, including others¹ descriptions of Virginia.The exhibit can be viewed during regular Museum hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Other hours by appointment. The Museum is closed on Monday, Tuesday and National holidays. Reservations are not necessary.