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Thornhill-1820s Home of Gov. Frederick Bates

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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 (1825), 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.


1225 Thornhill Estate
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Partially Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
Smoking Allowed Outdoors Only
Cost Of Admission
Less Than $10
Discounts Offered
Group Discount
General Interest Info
Open Year-round
This Facility Is In The National Register Of Historic Places
Group Policy
Advance Contact Required
Guest Reservations Needed?
Reservations Required
Pet Policy
Pets Are Not Allowed
Suitable For These Age Groups
Adults (18+)
Senior Adults (55+)
Teens (13-18)
Tweens (age 6-12)
Tweens (age 6-12)
Types Of Payment Accepted
Personal Check