How does a free tour of an amazing historal location sound? Well, you can at the Open House weekend at the historic Thornhill, located in Faust Park. Best of all, this is not just for one weekend, this celebration is taking place all summer long.
In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Missouri statehood, visitors will learn about Frederick Bates,who is best known as Missouri's second governor. Prior to becoming governor, Bates was also the territorial secretary for the Louisiana Territory under Territorial Governor William Clark. In addition, Frederick Bates was the brother of Edward Bates, who was Attorney General under Abraham Lincoln, and James Bates, the Territorial Senator to the Arkansas Territory.
Thornhill Farm was built between 1817-1819. The farm (and Faust Park is located on land) was part of the 1,000 acres Bates purchased when he first came to Missouri. Visitors will also learn about how Bates had his hand in creating the state of Missouri as we now know it. Visitors will also enjoy touring the Governor's home, the smokehouse, the ice house, the family cemetery, two 19th century barns, a blacksmith shop and more. This event is FREE and open to the public.
You will have the opportunity to tour the residence--which has been restored--from the earliest days of Missouri statehood and see how life on the frontier was lived many years ago. This estate also includes the family cemetery which contains the burial site of the governor, and his wife, Nancy, as well as two of their four children. It's important to note that at this time masks are required while at the Thornhill site.
There are FREE tours of the Historic Thornhill House Open House events during the hours of 12pm through 4pm. Here are the upcoming dates you can visit.
Saturday & Sunday on July 17th & 18th
Saturday & Sunday on July 24th & 25th
Saturday & Sunday | August 28th & 29th
Saturday & Sunday | August 21st & 22nd
Here is a recent review of a visitor to Thornhill Open House.
The county and various volunteer groups have really done a wonderful job of moving log cabins, and barns to the site and restoring them to mid 1880's Missouri. The old fashoned garden, the views inside the residences are simply incredible. Everything is free, but the tours are not regularly scheduled, there are really easy and difficult walking trails including a long one down the the Missouri River. The view of the river bottom is spectacular. Great tour when it is cool, like fall, but no so much mid-summer. Stu K.
Have you ever visited Thornhill Open House? If so, what did you think of it?