Prairie Park - Arrow Rock, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 02.449 W 092° 59.145
15S E 501233 N 4321306
Historical marker commemorating an historic house and family in the Arrow Rock area.
Waymark Code: WM1EV5
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 04/22/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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"Prairie Park" was built between 1845 and 1849 by William Breathitt Sappington and his wife Mary Mildred Breathitt Sappington.  It is one of the finest surviving examples of nineteenth century Greek Revival architecture in rural Missouri and was a center of early social and political life in the Boonslick area. Originally the centerpiece of a 600 acre plantation, it was home to the Sappingtons and their descendants until 1918.

William B. Sappington's father, Dr. John B. Sappington (1776-1856) is recognized by historians as the most successful manufacturer of patent medicine to combat malaria in antebellum America.  By the 1840's, his quinine-based anti-fever pills had become a standard drug for the treatment of malaria throughout the developing West.  Dr. Sappington's trading empire produced a fortune, one that he shared with his children.

William B. Sappington (1811-1888) was a highly respected businessman, farmer, banker and community leader in Saline County. A Confederate sympathizer, Sappington was brother-in-law of Governor Clairborne Fox Jackson, who tried to lead Missouri out of the Union in 1861, and the Uncle of Confederate General John Sappington Marmaduke, whose election as Governor in 1885 signaled that hatred created by the war were at an end. ~ text of  marker

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Marker placed by Friends of Arrow Rock

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