Grants Farm-Hardscrable, St. Louis, Missouri

Ulysses S. Grant’s Cabin is only a small part of what makes up Grants Farm today.

The fence around Grants Cabin is made from Civil War gun barrels.

The fence around Grants Cabin is made from Civil War gun barrels.

Grant’s Farm is operated by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., and has been a St. Louis tradition for over five decades. The Farm takes its name from the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant. In the 1850s, Grant founded and farmed a portion of the 281 acres that make up Grants Farm today.

History of Grants Farm

Ulysses S. Grant and his new bride, Julia Dent, received 80 acres of Dent family land as a wedding gift. Grant built a cabin, doing most of the work himself. He named his farm Hardscrabble. Grant grew potatoes, wheat and other vegetables, as well as gathered fruit from the orchards and corded wood.  He was not very successful as a farmer.

In 1885, the home passed out of the hands of the Grant family. It was sold to various people and was finally purchased by August Busch Sr. in 1907. In the intervening years, the cabin had been moved to Old Orchard, Missouri.  It was also displayed at the 1904 World’s Fair. August Busch Sr. had the cabin moved and reassembled approximately one mile from its original location.Grant’s Farm is free to all ages. Reservations are not required. The cabin is rarely open to the public.

Resources:
Grant’s Farm
10501 Gravois Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63123
Phone: (314) 843-1700

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See the sights on the gun barrels that fence Grants cabin

See the sights on the gun barrels that fence Grants cabin

Grants cabin

Ulyses S. Grant built his home and farmed the 80 acres. Photo: Patsy Bell Hobson.

 

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