Road Trip

En­gage with pioneer tra­di­tions at a liv­ing his­tory farm and mu­seum.

Country - - CONTENTS - W. ARTHUR MEHRHOFF

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).

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