Grant's Farm in St. Louis, Missouri - Clydesdale Horses - Budweiser Beer...

Grant's cabin at Grant's Farm in St. Louis, Missouri

The cabin that Ulysses S. Grant hand built and occupied in 1856.
The cabin that Ulysses S. Grant hand built and occupied in 1856. | Source

A St. Louis gem!


In October of 1998 my mother and I were introduced to Grant's Farm while we were visiting a friend who lives just outside St. Louis, Missouri.

We were to see the former President's hand built cabin, the famous Clydesdale horses, enjoy some beer and more as we explored the grounds.

It was an abbreviated introduction as we had also been shown the St. Louis Botanical Garden earlier that same day.

One could spend an entire day in each of these places!


Official Presidential portrait of Ulysses Simpson Grant.

Official Presidential portrait of Ulysses Simpson Grant.
Official Presidential portrait of Ulysses Simpson Grant. | Source

Grant's Farm


Grant's Farm is so named due to the fact that an American President, Ulysses S. Grant hand built and lived in this cabin pictured above. He also farmed about 80 acres on these grounds.

About a century ago August A. Busch Jr.'s father purchased land encompassing Grant's original acreage and added to it. It now totals 281 acres.

August Busch Jr. made it into a country estate and brought in over 1,000 animals from all over the world. Most of the large animals such as zebras, bison, elk, cattle, Sika deer, antelope and more roam about quite freely.

An open-aired tram takes one through this area where one can view the animals in a natural setting.

Admission to Grant's farm is free and there is much to see.

Over 1,000 animals at Grant's Farm in St. Louis!

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Good video showing more of the animals on Grant's Farm

Natural habitat for migrating birds at Grant's Farm in St. Louis

Migrating birds rest in this watery haven on Grant's farm for an interlude of time.  Of course other birds and animals use it year round.
Migrating birds rest in this watery haven on Grant's farm for an interlude of time. Of course other birds and animals use it year round. | Source

...Clydesdale's at Grant's Farm...

Grant's Farm in St. Louis

We took a lunch break here...
We took a lunch break here... | Source

Anheuser - Busch Hospitality Area...


The Bauernhof is a large U-shaped grouping of buildings that house a food court area; a guest relations and first aid area and the carriage house which protects a collection of more than two dozen historic coaches and carriages.

Many of those vehicles date from the 1800's.

We took advantage of having a bite of lunch and sipped on a free glass of Budweiser beer. We all decided that the bratwurst looked good that day.

Since it was the month of October, the area was decorated appropriately with dried corn stalks, bundles of hay, pumpkins and blooming mums.

It was a bright and sunny day and the umbrella tables offered some needed shade.

The Bauernhof at Grant's Farm in St. Louis

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This sign pointed the way to the BauernhofThis is the courtyard in a part of the U-shaped buildings forming the Bauernhof.Inside the building showcasing the collection of old coaches and carriages.
This sign pointed the way to the Bauernhof
This sign pointed the way to the Bauernhof | Source
This is the courtyard in a part of the U-shaped buildings forming the Bauernhof.
This is the courtyard in a part of the U-shaped buildings forming the Bauernhof. | Source
Inside the building showcasing the collection of old coaches and carriages.
Inside the building showcasing the collection of old coaches and carriages. | Source

Grant's Farm in St. Louis

A bit of history...
A bit of history... | Source

The Clydesdales / Grant's Farm

Up close and personal with a Clydesdale named Billy
Up close and personal with a Clydesdale named Billy | Source
Clydesdales in the yard
Clydesdales in the yard | Source


The famous Clydesdale horses



Grant's farm is a breeding center as well as a training center for the beautiful and famous Clydesdale horses.



One can stroll through an area where the magnificent beasts romp and roam in pastures. One can also go through a stable where some of the horses are on display.


Each horse has a brass plate with his name inscribed. The stables are immaculately clean and fresh.


Approximately 15 foals are born at this location each year and they are nurtured and eventually turned into the show horses that we have all come to love.


A full grown Clydesdale horse weighs in at around 2,000 pounds!



In the stable was a display showing a normal horses hoof and a Clydesdale hoof. These horses are huge in every respect!


Family friendly and with no admission fee, be sure and plan to spend some time here if you are in the St. Louis, Missouri area of the country. Grant's Farm is well worth a visit! You can even sample some Budweiser beer if you are old enough and wish to partake of some.

Grant's Farm...shows inside of Grant's cabin among other things.

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Unique fence at Grant's Farm

This rifle barrel fence was constructed of parts from 2,563 Civil War rifles. August A. Busch Sr. had this built to honor the veterans from that era.
This rifle barrel fence was constructed of parts from 2,563 Civil War rifles. August A. Busch Sr. had this built to honor the veterans from that era. | Source

Amazing Christmas Show at Grant's Farm

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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello David,

Thanks for this information regarding a possible antique from the Clydesdale stables. I am leaving your email address posted in case anyone else is interested in viewing your photos. Appreciate your comment.


David 2 years ago

Hi

I live in the uk and i have something that might be of interest to you, I have a half barrel/ carrier that I think comes from the Clydesdale stables, Its dated 1885 and stamped CS with what i think is the initials of the maker on the rear, could you contact me via my email address so i can forward pictures to you david48vic@hotmail.com


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Suzanne,

Grant's Farm is a great place to take an entire family and enjoy many hours of a day there and the best part...it is free! Thanks for your comment and votes.


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justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

That looks like a full day of events and activities! :) Voted up and interesting!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Rebecca,

Grant's Farm is definitely an amazing place and the price is right...it's free! Quite an attraction for anyone near the St. Louis, Missouri part of the country in which to spend some quality time. Thanks for your comment.


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