Saturday, August 13, 2011

Grant's Farm

NOTE: Over the course of this next week, future posts will be about our summer adventures...for posterity's sake!

Grant's Farm (Part 1)

Did you know that the 18th President of the United States lived on a farm outside of St. Louis before the Civil War?

Between serving as Lieutenant in the Mexican-American War and eventual Commander of the Union Army during the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant married Julia Boggs Dent, the daughter of a slave owner. They were given 80 acres in southwest St. Louis as a wedding present. It was here that Grant tried, unsuccessfully to make a living at farming, naming his cabin home "Hardscrabble".

Today, Grant's Farm is part of the 281 acre ancestral home of the Busch Family. In 1977, Anheuser-Busch restored the cabin to its present condition. The Farm is home to more than 900 animals representing more than 100 different species. Admission is free, but parking fees are required. 

According to the U.S. Family Travel Guide Zagat Survey, Gran'ts Farm is ranked overall as the 7th best family attraction in the United States.


Covered Wagons

The natural beauty of the wildlife preserve.
Petting Zoo fun

Those were some hungry kids!

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