A Circa Guide to Affton

A small community located in South St. Louis County, Affton is home to historical landmarks such as Grant's Farm and the Oakland House, as well as local gems like Federhofer's Bakery. Nestled within Affton are several terrific dining spots and great schools.

Perhaps the most treasured landmark of the Affton community is the cabin of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States. Built in the fall of 1855, it was home to the Grant family from 1856 to 1857 and facetiously named "Hardscrabble" by Grant's wife Julia Dent. It was dismantled and moved three times, even being used to attract crowds at the 1904 World's Fair. Purchased by August Busch Sr in 1907, it was restored to its original condition and relocated to his estate, the site of present day Grant's Farm. In addition to an up-close view of the Grant Cabin, visitors to the farm enjoy free admission, tram rides through the exotic animal park and complimentary samples of Anheuser-Busch products in the Bauernhof courtyard. Attracting more than half a million visitors a year, Grant's Farm sits on 273 acres and is located at Gravois and Grant Road.

Did you know? 
"Golden Globe Award Winner John Goodman grew up in Affton."

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  • Trattoria Toscana

    Classic Italian, Italian-American and (yes) St. Louis Italian dishes with toasted ravioli and fried calamari, but for a more delicate touch try melezane imbottite or a simple antipasto of roasted red peppers with fresh mozzarella and anchovies.
  • Grant's Farm

    There are many exciting animal encounters possible at Grant's Farm, the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family, located just south of the city of St. Louis. The Farm is home to more than 900 animals representing more than 100 different species.
  • Cafe Affton

    Come for food, stay for fun! A great place to watch your favorite team and have a drink.
  • Oakland House

    The Oakland House is a completely restored mansion built in 1853 by Louis A. Benoist, a pioneer banker. The house is owned and maintained by the Affton Historical Society whose 'Brick and Mortar' gang did the restoration starting back in the 1970s.
  • Grant's Trail

    The Ulysses S. Grant Trail (Grant's Trail) is an 8 mile long "rails to trails" bike trail stretching through south and southwest St. Louis County, Missouri. As a former railroad right of way, Grant's Trail is flat and perfect for biking or running.
  • Sam's Steakhouse

    What is now Sam’s Steakhouse began as “Munzert’s” in the early 20th century. Since that time only four others have operated a restaurant in this wonderful building....including the venerable Michael Slay.
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