Members of the Busch family who own Grant’s Farm announced today that they will take over its operations from Anheuser-Busch. The site includes the Busch ancestorial home, along with the preserved Hardscrabble cabin built by former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and the South St. Louis County home of the Budweiser Clydesdales.
The brewery will continue to work with the family in a sponsorship role.
Anheuser-Busch currently leases and operates Grant’s Farm under an agreement with the ownership group of Andrew Busch, Peter Busch, Robert Hermann, Jr., Trudy Busch Valentine, and Beatrice Busch von Gontard. The Busch family ownership group will assume management of the operations and the brewery’s sponsorship will commence on Nov. 1.
“Since 1954, the Busch family has worked with the brewery in sharing nature, wildlife, history and educational experiences with the public,” said Robert Hermann, Jr., a member of the Busch ownership group. “Along with Anheuser-Busch, we have preserved the legacy of Grant’s Farm, welcoming more than 30 million visitors to enjoy its one-of-a-kind experience. We are delighted to continue partnering with the brewery.”
As part of its long-term sponsorship agreement, the brewer will ensure elements visitors have long been accustomed to remain, including complimentary Anheuser-Busch products for adult patrons and the presence of the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
“Anheuser-Busch’s commitment to the St. Louis community is unwavering,” said César Vargas, chief external affairs office. “The city and surrounding area are home to our North American headquarters, our flagship brewery, as well as Grant’s Farm and the home of our training facility for the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. We are excited to continue our long-standing deep connection to the Busch family and to help ensure that Grant’s Farm will continue to be enjoyed by St. Louis families and visitors alike.”
This iconic destination takes its name from U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, who founded and farmed a portion of the property in the 1850s. The Busch family bought the property in 1903, and the site served as the country home of August Busch Sr., who visited it on weekends when he could get away from his main residence at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis. August Busch Jr. (Gussie) opened the zoological park portion of Grant’s Farm to the public for free under a lease agreement with Anheuser-Busch in 1954. In 2017, Grant’s Farm was purchased by four of Gussie’s children: Andrew Busch, Peter Busch, Beatrice Busch von Gontard and Trudy Busch Valentine as well as grandson Robert Hermann Jr.
“Grant’s Farm is a reflection of our family’s commitment to environmental sustainability, conservation and historic preservation. Most importantly, Grant’s Farm is a wholesome place for families to visit and experience the great outdoors. As we begin this new chapter in the history of Grant’s Farm, we celebrate its past legacies and look forward to introducing this national treasure to future generations in a way that would make our ancestors proud,” Andrew Busch said.
Located in St. Louis County, the 281-acre site is home to more than 100 types of animals.