Thornhill-1820s Home of Gov. Frederick Bates
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15185 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: 314-615-8328
Daily: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Latitude: 38° 40' 2"
Longitude: -90° 32' 43"

Built in 1819, Thornhill is the oldest governor’s home still standing in Missouri. It was the home of Frederick Bates, Missouri’s second governor (1824), and his family. The site includes: the home; the original barn; a second barn which was built around 1860; a distillery; a smokehouse; an icehouse; a granary; and the blacksmith’s shop. The family cemetery holds the graves of Frederick Bates, his wife, Nancy, two of their four children and three family friends.

Prior to becoming governor, Bates was the territorial secretary for the Louisiana Territory under Territorial Governor William Clark. 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 is the trailhead of the 1.4-mile Governor Frederick Bates Trail, which winds down the Missouri River bluffs, then up through Faust Park.

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GENERAL INTEREST INFO
  • open year-round
  • This facility is on the National Register of Historic Places
FOR TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES
  • Partially Wheelchair Accessible
SMOKING POLICY
  • smoking allowed outdoors only
SUITABLE FOR THESE AGE GROUPS
  • tweens (age 6-12)
  • teens (13-18)
  • adults (18+)
  • senior adults (55+)
PET POLICY
  • service animals welcome
  • pets are not allowed
RATES
  • less than $10
TYPES OF PAYMENT ACCEPTED
  • Cash
  • Discover
  • Mastercard
  • Personal Check
  • Visa
DISCOUNTS OFFERED
  • group discount
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  • reservations required
GROUP POLICY
  • advance contact required
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