Just as Gussie wanted, Grant’s Farm will stay in the Busch family.
A partnership of the children and grandchildren of August A. “Gussie” Busch will buy the property, keeping it open to the public.
“I am pleased that I could convince my siblings of the importance of keeping Grant’s Farm and our family home preserved and under Busch ownership,” wrote William K. Busch in a statement released Wednesday.
William Busch is president and CEO of the William K. Busch Brewing Co.; a statement said he is welcome to join the buying group.
The statement marks the end of a two-year fight, when two groups of Busch family siblings had competing bids to buy and operate the St. Louis attraction.
The purchase price was not announced. William Busch, who owns Kraftig, wanted to put a brewery on Grant’s Farm and rent the space for events. The prevailing partnership had concerns that William Busch would sell parts of the property to developers. Wells Fargo has been the trust manager for the property.
The buying partnership is made up of Beatrice Busch Von Gontard, Peter Busch, Trudy Busch Valentine, Andrew Busch, and Robert Hermann Jr.
Grant’s Farm is home to the Budweiser Clydesdales, as well as bison, goats and other exotic animals. The free attraction opened in 1954, and the 270-acre park is on the ancestral home of the Busch family.