Hank Johnson, a 1961 Ladue Horton Watkins High School alumnus, found his calling about an hour south of St. Louis, in the historic little town of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Hank and his wife founded Chaumette Vineyards & Winery in the town back in 1989. Then, in 2013, Hank bought one of the most architecturally historic structures on the continent, the Bequette-Ribault house, and restored it to its original condition.
The home dates back to 1808, and was built by French settlers in the typical homebuilding style of the time. The structure is actually built with the logs standing vertically in the ground, called poteaux-en-terre, or posts in the earth.
Hank and his wife realized there were some improvements that would have to be made to restore the home. Watch the video below for an overview of the changes the couple decided needed to be made when they bought the home.
Hank plans to offer an exclusive tour of the home to his classmates at their 55th reunion, which will partially be held at his winery.
If you would like to read more about Hank’s ventures in Ste. Genevieve, please read this article from Ladue News!