Faust Park is located on a tract of land that once
belonged to the second governor of Missouri, Frederick Bates. Bates acquired
1,000 acres on the southern bank of the Missouri River in 1808 and 1809. At
that time, Bates was the Secretary for the Upper Louisiana Territory. Bates
named his estate Thornhill and built a house on
the grounds between 1817 and 1819. Bates was elected Missouriís second
Governor in 1824 and died in office a year later. The Thornhill complex,
including the main house, the two barns, granary, and other outbuildings,
was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Restoration
of Thornhill proceeded over several phases in the 1980s and was completed in
1990. Thornhill is open to the public by reservation or on special
occasions, although visitors may walk the grounds of the estate during park
Much of the Thornhill estate was eventually acquired by
Leicester Busch Faust and his wife Mary who donated the first 100 acres of
the park in 1968. The park was dedicated and opened to the public in 1973.
Through the bequest of Mary Plant Faust, the park was doubled in size
following her death in 1996 at the age of 95. Faust Park is also the site of
the St. Louis Carousel, the Faust Historical Village, and the Sophia M.
Sachs Butterfly House.
The St. Louis Carousel is housed in its own
climate-controlled facility on the grounds of the park. Built around 1920 by
the Dentzel Company of Philadelphia, the carousel is composed of more than
60 exquisitely hand-carved horses and deer. The carousel was a fixture at
the St. Louis Highlands amusement park on Oakland Avenue near Forest Park.
The amusement park burned down in 1963, but the carousel was rescued and
later purchased by Howard C. Ohlendorf who donated it to St. Louis County.
It was operated in Sylvan Springs County Park until 1979. The Faust Cultural
Heritage Foundation restored the carousel and raised funds to pay for a
building to enclose it at Faust Park. The carousel building includes an
exhibition area and a gift shop.
Faust Village preserves the area's vernacular architecture
village consists of four homes and multiple other structures including a
schoolhouse, carriage house, blacksmith shop, along with period gardens. Spanning a period from 1840 to 1888, the Village illustrates
differences in lifestyle resulting from both technological developments and
special needs. All were moved from elsewhere in the Chesterfield area except
for the Miles Seed Carriage House, which has been converted into the
Visitors Center. The Historic Village is open on the last two weekends in
May, June and July when historical reenactors in period costume provide
tours and a variety of demonstrations. The buildings can be viewed from the
outside using a free self-guided tour booklet available at the Seed Visitor
The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House and Education Center opened on September
18, 1998 on about 1.5 acres leased from the park. Originally owned by an
independent non-profit organization, the Butterfly House became a division
of the Missouri Botanical Garden effective July 2, 2001. The site includes
an outdoor butterfly garden and two large sculptures by St. Louis sculptor
Visiting Faust Park
Park is open daily from 7 am to a half hour after sunset
Memorial Day to Labor Day: Open daily, 9 am - 5 pm
Winter Hours: Open 9 am - 4 pm
Closed Mondays except Columbus Day, President's Day and Martin Luther King
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
The last ticket is sold half an hour before closing
Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
There is no charge to visit to visit Faust Park
Guided tours and educational field trips of Thornhill and the Historic
Village are available by appointment. Fees vary; contact the Park office or
Butterfly House Admission: $6, adults; $4.50, seniors; $4, children, 4-12;
free, 3 and under
Carousel rides are $1; Children 12 months and under ride free with a
paying adult. Children under 4 years old MUST ride with a paid adult
is located in Chesterfield, MO
west of St. Louis near I-64/40.
I-64/40 west to the Clarkson/Olive exit. Take a left on Olive Street Road
and follow it about a quarter mile to Faust Park which will be on the left.
Learn more about the
St. Louis area.
- Official St. Louis County Parks site of Faust Park.
Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
- Official of the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.