Monday, November 7, 2011

Faust Park - a great place to spend a day

The city of Chesterfield has a wonderful park with many different areas you can enjoy.  Faust Park was established in 1968 and covers nearly 200 acres.   This is truly a 'something for everyone' type of park.  There are the usual picnic areas, a fun playground, hiking trail, antique carousel, historical village and the butterfly house! 

The carousel was built in the 1920's, survived a fire, was sold and then donated to the St Louis park department.  After being restored to it's original glory, the carousel was installed in a climate controlled building in the park in 1987.  Rides are offered at the bargain price of $1!  There is a small gift shop and this is a popular place for  birthday parties.

The historic village has 16 buildings from 1840-1888.  These represent different lifestyles, professions and needs of the period.  They are open for historical weekends in the summer - complete with period demonstrations, tours and for guided group tours by appointment only.

The streets and paths make it easy to walk around the buildings

The gardens have vegetables, flax, cotton and flowers

Sachs Butterfly House has an admission fee of $6 for adults, $4 for kids (2 yrs and under are free).  You can stroll through the conservatory and see nearly 2000 butterflies in flight, watch a butterfly emerge from it's chrysalis and see a movie about butterfly behavior and anatomy.  There is an outside garden planted to attract butterflies, an inside exhibit hall where displays of other types of insects and arachnids are housed, a gift shop and more.

Kids love to play on the caterpillar

Thornhill farm is the historic home of Frederick Bates (the second governor of Missouri) and his family.  The site includes his 1820s home, barn, reconstructed summer kitchen, ice and smoke house, orchard and herb garden, and family cemetery.    There are living history weekends at this location also.

Check out the St Louis county parks website for the calendar of events if you want to enjoy one of the special weekends at this park.

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