Engage with pioneer traditions at a living history farm and museum.
Engage with pioneer traditions in Hermann, Missouri.
THE GREEN HILLSIDES surrounding the Hermann Farm Museum are rich in history and charm. In order to preserve the culture of Missouri’s first German farmers, the farm proudly offers an up-close look at how they settled this land.
Visitors and tourists would do well to plan for a little extra time when they stop here. The farm, which began as a vineyard and nursery owned by George Hussman, has 200 acres and more than a dozen homes and outbuildings to explore.
Five distinct areas of the farm reveal Hermann’s history: a model vineyard and winery; a livestock farm; stables, wagon works, forge and heritage garden; historic houses; and the Hofgarten outdoor venue.
Each season offers living history about how 19th-century rural Missourians lived, worked, and shaped the place they called Deutschheim (the home of the Germans).
A trading post from the 1790s and a German Scuetzenhalle (a gathering place for the Hermann Sharpshooter Society) are popular stops, and so are the broom, tinner’s, woodwright, and blacksmith shops. You can visit an old mercantile, summer kitchens, a smokehouse and cider house, each building filled with antiques.
Part of the living aspect of the farm includes its heritage breed of draft horses, as well as Missouri mules Pat and Jane and other farm animals.
Although clearly a portal to a unique rural heritage, Hermann Farm Museum offers visitors more than nostalgia alone by encouraging our deeper understanding of country life and a land stewardship ethic that we could really use today. You can bet the farm on that.
Beloved Missouri mules Pat and Jane are hitched to the antique wagon. Vicki Hyre welcomes guests to the Mercantile (inset).