Eugene Field was the son of Roswell Field, who represented Dred Scott in the famous court case that divided this nation. Eugene, who was born in the house in 1850, went on to become a children's writer, as well as a columnist for various newspapers. His poems gained national fame, one of them being 'Wynken, Blynken and Nod'. Field moved to various cities during his lifetime, including St. Joseph, Missouri and Denver, Colorado. He died in Chicago in 1895.
The house is also known as a toy museum. Apparently, Eugene was a mega toy collector in his short life. Unfortunately, none of his toys that he collected no longer exist. Thankfully though, the museum has collected toys in his honor. You'll see plenty of them on display inside the place.
|A replica of Roswell Field's office.|
|Random shot of one of the toy rooms|
|One of several enlarged posters throughout the museum. This one is a timeline of the Fields' life and house.|
And now, the cake. The inspiration for the cake was a lily pond, surrounded by the beatifications of Tower Grove Park. Otherwise, the cake doesn't have anything to do with Eugene Field House/Toy Museum:
|Right side of the cake|
|Left side of the cake|
NOW: The cake is still at the Eugene Field House. However, it is in the back yard behind a fence.
Eugene Field House on FB
634 South Broadway, ST. LOUIS, MO, 63102
Cake artist: Corinne Didisheim (Corinne also decorated the Grants Trail cake)