The Eugene Field House and the St. Louis Toy Museum – St. Louis, MO Today the house is a museum and memorial – an early Victorian jewel, reflecting the era in which Roswell, Frances and Eugene Field lived within its walls. Featured exhibits include artifacts from Eugene’s personal collections at "Sabine Farm", his Chicago home.
In March of 2007 the Eugene Field House was designated as a National Historic Landmark.
The Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum was the boyhood home of Eugene Field, who is beloved to this day as the "Children’s Poet" and widely known as the "Father of the Personal Newspaper Column".
Eugene Field was born in St. Louis at 634 South Broadway, on September 3, 1850. His father, Roswell Martin Field, was a well-known attorney. In 1853 he served as the attorney for the slaves Dred and Harriet Scott and their daughters, Eliza and Lizzy, when they brought action in federal court for their freedom. The Scotts were denied their freedom on the grounds that African-Americans were not citizens and therefore could not sue in federal court. The refusal of the United States Supreme Court to treat Dred and Harriet as citizens is believed by many to be a factor that precipitated the Civil War.
Location: 634 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO
Phone: (314) 421-4689 Fax: (314) 588-9328
Admission: Adults $5.00 Children under 12 $1.00
Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00am- 4:00pm, Sun 12:00pm- 4:00pm