“Wynken, Blynken and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe…”
So begins one of children’s favorite poems and bedtime stories, written in 1889 by Eugene Feild who was born in this house in September 1850.
But greater contributions to the American experience came from this house in the work done by Eugene’s father, Roswell Martin Field.
He was the attorney who, in the 1840-50s, was a part of the legal team representing the slave Dred Scott who sued for his freedom at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis. That is the reason this house is now a National Historic Landmark.
The house and museum underwent a major renovation, reopening to the public in December 2016 with a 40,000 square foot addition that showcases Eugene Field’s huge collection of children’s toys, among other items. If you visit during the holidays, you’ll be treated to many of those toys piled around an antique Christmas tree made from goose feathers.