The Historical Village at Faust Park
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|Facility:||The Historical Village at Faust Park|
|Description:||As St. Louis County has been progressively developed, many 19th century structures have been lost. Faust Village has and continues to preserve the area's vernacular architecture and history. These ten structures represent a variety of building and architectural styles, from log to brick. Spanning a period from 1840 to 1888, the Village illustrates differences in lifestyle resulting from both technological developments and special needs. Miles A. Seed invented and produced the first "disposable" camera and became a millionaire when Eastman bought him out. Henry Hoch used his skill as a brick maker to begin a business in partnership with his brother, and eventually opened a well-known general store. Frank Kaatman and his father and grandfather were lifetime blacksmiths. Dr. Fredrick Bates and his wife, Lavinia, lived comfortably on his income as a physician farmer and on his inheritance from his father. After Dr. Bates death, in 1862, his widow married Samuel Conway. Ludwig and Salome Hiller Mertz moved from Alsace-Lorraine with two children, eventually raising six children in the cabin and engendering many descendents.
The Davis House exhibits a long and interesting history in construction and detailing.
The village provides a context in which the life styles of the settlers of St. Louis County and the skills they used to survive are illustrated. Blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, natural dyeing, and other antique arts are all demonstrated at different times of the year.
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|Address 1:||15185 Olive Street Road|
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|Hours:||Weekends: Open on the last two weekends in May, June and July from 1pm to 5pm. Historical reenactors in period costume provide tours and a variety of demonstrations. Thornhill, the oldest standing governor's residence in the State of Missouri, will be open to the public on Mother's Day!
Weekdays: Open year round. Buildings can be viewed from the outside using a free self-guided tour booklet available at the Seed Visitor Center.
Tours: Approximately 90 minutes long. Tour includes the inside and outside of the restored homes for groups of 10 to 50 people by appointment by calling 636-532-7298.
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