Friday, July 24, 2009

Faust Historical Village Open House--July 25 and 26

Experience St. Louis County as it was a century ago. Tour the 1850s Conway House, home of Dr. Frederick and Lavinia Bates and its period herb garden and outdoor kitchen. Also tour the circa 1848 log cabin of Ludwig and Salome Mertz, a dye and insect repellent garden, German vegetable garden, smokehouse, outhouse and woodshed and the Davis House, which originally was a two story log cabin with it's detached washhouse and smokehouse. On occasion, visitors may see a blacksmith at work in the Yokel barn.

Knowledgeable guides in period dress will be available to answer questions about the structures, as well as the heritage gardens that are lovingly attended to by dedicated volunteers. Nearly every plant was commonly available in the 1800s and served a useful purpose. The homes vary from a modest log cabin and brick cottage built by German immigrants to larger and more sophisticated 2-story homes, built by established, wealthy landowners. They are partially furnished appropriate to the period.

The Faust Historical Village Open Houses are free to the public and the Village will be open from 1-5pm on both days. For more information call: (636) 532-7298 or see the St Louis County Parks website.

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