8 a.m. - 30 minutes past sunset
General Information / History
Welcome to Faust Park, one of St. Louis County’s most unique parks. Several separate foundations and organizations work together to create and maintain that uniqueness. The park was created in 1968 through the generosity of Leicester & Mary Plant Faust who donated the property, which today contains nearly 200 acres in the heart of Chesterfield. It was their intention to forever preserve the original estate of Missouri’s second governor, Frederick Bates.
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Features & Amenities
Built ca. 1819 for Missouri’s second governor, Frederick Bates, Thornhill is the oldest standing governor’s home in Missouri and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The estate consists of a number of restored and recreated structures, including a detached kitchen and three barns.
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The Historic Village at Faust Park includes four homes and 14 additional structures representing a variety of building and architectural styles, from log to brick. All of which have originally stood at sites around St. Louis County and were moved to Faust Park and preserved by Faust Park staff. Spanning a period from 1840 to 1910, the Village provides a context in which the lifestyles of the settlers of St. Louis County and the skills they used to survive are illustrated.
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Reservable Covered Picnic Shelter
Faust Park has a reservable covered picnic shelter that holds up to 150 people. It is located close to parking, the playground and restroom and near the entrance to the Historic Village. The Butterfly House and St. Louis Carousel are close by. Cost is $150 per day.
ONLINE RESERVATIONS or call 314-615-4FUN.
Educational Programs & Activities
The history staff at Faust Park offers a variety of educational programs and guided tours for all ages and abilities. Our most popular program is the four-hour “Farmsteading at Thornhill”. Many students call this their favorite field trip despite the fact that they are performing physical chores expected of a 19th century child.
Fall registration begins on March 1 and spring registration begins on August 1; rates and descriptions are available on our website. For more information or to schedule field trips and tours, call 314 615-8336 or email [email protected].
Guided tours of the individual historic areas are $4/person (minimum of 10 people), last one and a half hours and are available on weekdays by appointment only. Call 314 615-8336 or email [email protected].
Take a digital tour
of the park – look for signs at the park with QR codes to scan with your phone and access information on sites within Faust.
At Faust Park you can find a variety of special events that are perfect for the entire family including open houses, Parks Food Truck Fest, Summer Concert Series, Halloween hayrides and Olden Days for Kids!
Visit our events calendar for a full listing of events!
St. Louis County Parks offers fair and equal employment, conditions of employment, and promotional opportunities for all persons without discrimination based upon race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability/handicap condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veterans status, political affiliation, or other non-merit factors.