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Peek Inside Downtown’s Field House Museum

Video by Jon Alexander

The house at 634 South Broadway in Downtown St. Louis was home to not one but two famed Field men: Roswell Martin Field and Eugene Field. Roswell, an attorney, is best known for his work with Dred and Harriet Scott during the 1857 Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court case—a case “believed by many to be a factor that precipitated the Civil War,” says the organization. Roswell’s son Eugene was an influential newspaper columnist and children’s poet.

Now a National Historic Landmark, the Field House Museum is open to the public. Visitors can enjoy the historic furniture and decor, as well as the expansive Toy Collection and Book Collection. While most of Eugene’s personal toy collection was destroyed, seven of his original toys are on display along with other toys and dolls from the 1790s through present day. Guests are welcome to tour the space Wednesday through Sunday.