Many years ago, Rex’s father was in the midst of building a country retreat where family and friends could gather on the weekends to enjoy nature and each other’s company, when his unexpected death interrupted this dream.
When Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield were looking ahead to “retire”, the decision was made to move back to Rex’s hometown of Saint Louis, but also purchase a place in the country for friends and family to enjoy, paying homage to his father’s dream.
The Sinquefield Reserve, “The Farm”, as family members refer to the thousand-acre tract of land located in Osage county, has become that place. The land and its beauty was an instant hit with Rex as he viewed it for the first time. The big bluffs and two miles of river frontage on the Osage River sold him on purchasing the land and turning it into a “tranquil” place for friends and family to gather.
Over the years, the property, which has five houses, numerous lakes, trails, six golf holes, a tennis court, a swimming pool, an arboretum, and many other amenities, has hosted family reunions, politicians, clergy, boy scout troops, professional athletes, and weddings.
The “Big House” is the center piece of the entire property, and has an immense courtyard overlooking the Osage river. The “Big House” is the main gathering place for meals, entertainment, and relaxation for all that stay there or stop by during the day.
The ”Lake House” and its unique design, is surrounded by a Japanese garden similar to the one at the Botanical Gardens in Saint Louis. The house overlooks a man-made lake, surrounded by a paved hiking trail, and features a waterfall and numerous islands.
“The Farm” does not have one specific location that sums up its beauty. The entire acreage is a magical location providing breathtaking views, wonderful activities, and a quiet retreat if one desires that type of escape.
Jeanne’s passion for scouting has brought numerous Boy Scout troops to the farm over the years, where they are able to participate in many activities, earning merit badges. As Jeanne and Rex’s family has grown, troops of grandkids, family, and friends can now be seen enjoying “The Farm” and all it has to offer.
“The Farm” has truly become the place for recreation, entertainment, regeneration, relaxation, and an experience with nature that is not soon forgotten.