Breathtaking. It is the only word to describe the views at Kuhs Estate and Farm. Whether you are standing on the bluff overlooking the Missouri River or staring into the rock garden, it was a place straight out of storybooks.
Kuhs farm sits on 150 acres only 25 miles north of St. Louis. It is a historic farm, one listed as a Landmark Preservation area with celebrations taking place there dating back to 1931.
Originally home to Native Americans, the farm still has some artifacts on the property. It became a French and Spanish trading post in the 1700s, and it was the storage site for the Lewis and Clark westward expedition. By the 1800s, it became a dairy farm until the early 1920s.
It was then that Edward L. Kuhs built his home and garden. The sunken rock garden is European inspired and reminiscent of one found in fairy tales. People can walk down rock stairs to five different levels of the garden, each with manicured greenspace, and one level includes a pond. There is a rock bridge that rivals those of childhood stories and has you looking under it for trolls.
According to farm managers, during the 1940s more than 10,000 people visited Kuhs farm every year for garden tours, meetings and events.
Over the years, four movies were filmed on the site. It has been the backdrop for many commercials and print advertisements.
Today, Kuhs Estate and Farm is cared for by Edward L. Kuhs’ great-granddaughter Elizabeth Fichter. It primarily serves as a wedding venue. However, because it is a working farm, visitors can experience hayrides, bonfires and barnyard animal petting areas.
For more on Kuhs Estate and Farm, visit kuhsfarm.com.