Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Faust Educational Programs & Field Trips


Thornhill Historic Home in Faust Park & Faust Historic Village
15185 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017


The history staff at Faust Park offers a variety of educational programs and guided tours for all ages. Our most popular program year after year is the half-day “Farmsteading” program. Feedback shows that many students call this their favorite field trip in spite of the educational opportunities involved. The educational programs offered at Faust Park were developed by an educator to meet Missouri Grade Level Expectations for 4th grade. Fall registration begins after March 1 and spring registration begins after Sept. 1.


Farmsteading at Thornhill This program focuses on the Louisiana Purchase and early Missouri history, which parallels the arrival and life of Frederick Bates, the 2nd governor of Missouri. Students help prepare their own meal by hauling wood and water and observing open hearth cooking. Activities include rail splitting and candle dipping. Students get a hands-on understanding of the frugal lifestyle of Missouri’s settlers in the early 1800s. This is a 4 hour program for a maximum 40 students. (SS3 1.6, 1.8, 1.10) (GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3a. Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri and the United States. 4th Grade F. Westward Expansion and settlement in the US and G. Knowledge of contributions of non-Missourians)

Thornhill on the Frontier (2 hour program) By touring Governor Bates’ home and outbuildings, students are familiarized with the site’s specific history. They are also introduced to daily 19th century labors such as processing fibers into fabric, cultivation of food, cooking, transportation and family life. Program includes one hands-on activity for up to 50 students. (SS3 1.6, 1.8, 1.10)(GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3a. Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri and the United States. 4th Grade F. Westward Expansion and settlement in the US and G. Knowledge of contributions of non-Missourians)

Frontier Homes (2 hour program) By touring 19th century homes and buildings collected from St. Louis County, students learn about local pioneer history. Topics covered may include home construction, crop cultivation, preserving, cooking, blacksmithing, slavery, immigration and other aspects of everyday life in the mid 1800s. Program includes one hands-on activity for up to 40 students. (SS3 1.9, 1.10) (GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3a. Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri and the United States. 4th Grade C. Discovery, Exploration and Settlement of the United States, and I. Understanding the causes and consequences of the Civil War)

The Passage West (2 ½ hour program) This is essentially the Frontier Homes program described above with a second hands-on activity and available for up to 40 students. Choices may include churning butter, cross-cut saw, candle dipping or peg making. (SS3 1.9, 1.10) (GLE covered: MO, US and World History: Concept 3a. Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri and the United States. 4th Grade C. Discovery, Exploration and Settlement of the United States, and I. Understanding the causes and consequences of the Civil War)

Guided Tours (1 ½ hours) Available on week days for adult groups or mixed ages, 2nd grade and older; maximum of 50 total per tour. Group rates may apply. Arrangements must be made at least two weeks in advance.

To ask questions or make reservations, please call Faust Park at 314-615-8FAU (8328) or email to jfoley@stlouisco.com.