Thursday, July 7, 2011

Goat Herding at Grant's Farm

Grant's cabin
Most folks may not know that President Ulysses S. Grant has ties to the Show-Me State.  Grant's wife, Julia Dent, was born and raised on a plantation just outside of St. Louis.  When the couple married, they received 80 acres of Dent family land as a wedding gift.

Like any good husband, Grant built an ugly cabin for his new bride without even asking her, and naturally she hated it.  The cool thing is that the cabin is the only remaining structure hand-built by a U.S. president prior to assuming office.

In 1907, the home was purchased by August Busch Sr.  By 1977, the Anheuser-Busch family restored the cabin and made it part of Grant's Farm.  The farm is open to the public for free tours and is a cute little version of a zoo.  Neither Brett nor Heather had been to Grant's Farm since we were children, so we thought it would be a great thing to drag our friend Brandi Hodges to go see.

Grant's Farm also features a goofy animal show where roller skating parrots are the main attraction.  Trust us, it's awesome-tastic!

You'll also find the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales there.  The stables there are home to 25 mares, geldings, stallions and foals.  Anheuser-Busch owns more than 200 Clydesdales nationwide!

But not any Clydesdale can be a Budweiser make the cut, horses have to stand 18 hands at the shoulder and weigh in between 2,000 and 2,3000 pounds!

Today the farm is filled with buffalo, elephants, camels, peacocks and lots and lots of hungry goats.

What don't believe us?? Take a look: