Keeping It In The Family

Since November 2021, five members of the Busch family own and operate Grant's Farm. Our shared goal is to keep this unique piece of family and national history intact for generations to come. We have so many fond memories here and invite you to create your own with your family.

andy

"I love watching the glee and utter amazement in the eyes of our guests, admiring the animals and natural beauty of Grant's Farm."

Peterbusch-1

"I remember attending all the beautiful parties that my mother and father would host at the Bauernhof and the Big House."

beatrice

"We used to ride our horses through herds of bison, elk, deer, and exotic cattle in Deer Park."

hermann

"When I was little, I would hide under the dining room table so I wouldn’t have to sing a song at dinner."

Trudy new headshot

"I love that my dad taught me how to drive a coach with four horses. He was a perfectionist and pushed me hard to do it right. Dad had a very big and loving heart."

Keeping It In The Family

Since November 2021, five members of the Busch family own and operate Grant's Farm. Our shared goal is to keep this unique piece of family and national history intact for generations to come. We have so many fond memories here and invite you to create your own with your family.

andy

"I love watching the glee and utter amazement in the eyes of our guests, admiring the animals and natural beauty of Grant's Farm."

peter_busch

"I remember attending all the beautiful parties that my mother and father would host at the Bauernhof and the Big House."

beatrice

"We used to ride our horses through herds of bison, elk, deer, and exotic cattle in Deer Park."

hermann

"When I was little, I would hide under the dining room table so I wouldn’t have to sing a song at dinner."

Trudy new headshot

"I love that my dad taught me how to drive a coach with four horses. He was a perfectionist and pushed me hard to do it right. Dad had a very big and loving heart."

The History of Grant's Farm

Grant's Farm has been in the Busch family since 1903. There are many illustrious people and milestones that make up the property's history.

2022
Grant's Farm opens for the 2022 season, led by the family ownership group.
2021
Anheuser-Busch becomes the premier sponsor of Grant's Farm.
2021
Five members of the Busch family assume operations of Grant’s Farm from Anheuser-Busch to continue the family legacy at this historic property. Doug Stagner becomes the first president of Grant’s Farm.
1954
With the support of Gussie, Anheuser-Busch opens Grant’s Farm to the public. The company introduces the tradition of a complimentary beer sample for guests of age.
1954
August Jr., known as Gussie, and his Swiss-born wife Trudy reopen the Big House as their primary residence.
Circa 1940
After her husband August Sr. passes, Alice Busch builds the "Cottage" to spend her later years.
1910
Construction of the German-style Bauernhof, the first permanent building on Grant's Farm, begins.
1907
August Sr. purchases Grant's Cabin and moves it to Grant's Farm. Today, the Cabin stands approximately 1 mile south from its original location.
1903
Cyrus F. Blanke, president of the C. F. Blanke Tea & Coffee Company of St. Louis, acquires Grant's Cabin for $8,000 to display his products at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.
1903
August Anheuser Busch Sr., President and CEO of Anheuser-Busch, purchases the Dent / Grant property.
1855
Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia begin to build Grant’s Cabin near White Haven. They call it Hardscrabble because of its unattractive looks.
1820
Colonel Frederic Dent, father-in-law of General and President Ulysses S. Grant, purchases the White Haven property in St. Louis County.

The History of Grant's Farm

Grant's Farm has been in the Busch family since 1903. There are many illustrious people and milestones that make up the property's history.

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2022

2022

Grant's Farm opens for the 2022 season, led by the family ownership group.

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2021

Anheuser-Busch becomes the premier sponsor of Grant's Farm.

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2021

2021

Five members of the Busch family assume operations of Grant’s Farm from Anheuser-Busch to continue the family legacy at this historic property. Doug Stagner becomes the first president of Grant’s Farm.

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1954a

1954

With the support of Gussie, Anheuser-Busch opens Grant’s Farm to the public. The company introduces the tradition of a complimentary beer sample for guests of age.

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1954b

1954

August Jr., known as Gussie, and his Swiss-born wife Trudy reopen the Big House as their primary residence.

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Cottage

Circa 1940

After her husband August Sr. passes, Alice Busch builds the "Cottage" to spend her later years.

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1911

1910

Construction of the German-style Bauernhof, the first permanent building on Grant's Farm, begins.

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1907

1907

August Sr. purchases Grant's Cabin and moves it to Grant's Farm. Today, the Cabin stands approximately 1 mile south from its original location.

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1903a

1903

Cyrus F. Blanke, president of the C. F. Blanke Tea & Coffee Company of St. Louis, acquires Grant's Cabin for $8,000 to display his products at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

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1903b

1903

August Anheuser Busch Sr., President and CEO of Anheuser-Busch, purchases the Dent / Grant property.

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1854

1855

Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia begin to build Grant’s Cabin near White Haven. They call it Hardscrabble because of its unattractive looks.

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1820

1820

Colonel Frederic Dent, father-in-law of General and President Ulysses S. Grant, purchases the White Haven property in St. Louis County.

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The roots of Grant's Farm go deep, so does the love and care the Dent, Grant and Busch families have all shared for this special place.

Our Team

Grant's Farm is managed by our experienced, locally-based leadership team.

Doug Stagner

Doug Stagner
President

Steve Byrd

Steve Byrd
Director of Operations

Craig Thomas

Craig Thomas
Curator, Animal Care

Eric Delaney

Eric Delaney
Group Sales and Events Manager

Rob Boyd

Rob Boyd
Manager, Human Resources

Nash Miller

Nash Miller
Guest Experience Supervisor

Thank you to our long-time partners who treasure Grant's Farm as much as we do.

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