Looking for an adventure close to home? Step back in time when you visit Hermann Farm and Museum. The 200-acre farm offers visitors the chance to see how the first German immigrants lived and farmed after arriving in 1837 in what would become Hermann.
The purpose and mission of Hermann Farm and Museum is to protect, promote and educate visitors about the significance and importance of the historical heritage in rural Missouri. Here, you will experience what early settlers found when they first came to mid-Missouri.
When you arrive at Hermann Farms you’ll be in the heart of the museum, which includes buildings that date back to the late 1700s. Make your first stop at the Visitors Center to see when the next tram tour begins. You’ll definitely want to make time to explore the museum before or after your tour.
The 50-passenger tram will take you over the hills and through the woods to some of the most picturesque places in Hermann. You’ll make several stops along the way to take in more of the rich history on this one-and-a-half-hour tour.
First, you’ll visit the distillery (circa 1850), where you’ll take a walking tour through the Master Distiller’s log house and office. A member of the Hermann Farm staff will provide a living history about the farm as it would have been in the mid 1800s.
Next, you’ll be greeted by some of the four-legged staff including a pair of white mules named Pat and Jane (who have their picture in the Capitol building in Jefferson City). You’ll also meet a few of the farm’s Shire horses. These black-and-white beauties are the biggest of the draft horses – larger than Clydesdales. While massive, they are mild-mannered and sweet. Their population in the United States has dropped and they are currently endangered. The farm boasts eight of these beauties, including several mares who are with foals, due next spring. You might even catch a glimpse of Marmalade the farm cat. Farm staff says that she thinks she’s a horse, too.
The last tram stop will take you to the site of an 1847 farm. All of the buildings on the farm are furnished with a collection of furniture made by the German cabinetmakers who immigrated to Hermann. The tour guide will be sure to point out some of the wardrobes, cupboards and other interior items reminiscent of the German-style. At the farm, you’ll tour the historic Husmann House, complete with sweeping views of the Missouri River off of the back porch. You’ll also tour the summer kitchen, the wine press and cellar, and the Kallmeyer Barn.
More scenic views will accompany you on your last leg of the trip back to the Visitor’s Center. If you missed the museum before the tour, now’s the time to check it out. You can walk through an 1850s demonstration barn, check out the Polly Phillip’s Trading Post (pre-1790), and see the beautiful four-square German garden.
Don’t miss the Hermann Farm’s Fall Field Day on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This fun family day will include folk music, tours of the farmstead, meet and greets with the Shire horses and Missouri Mules, a tour of the broom shop, tinsmith shop, log cabin and more!
The farm and museum is located at 526 E. First St., Hermann, MO, 65041. Farm tours cost $18 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-15. To learn more, please call 573-486-FARM (3276) or visit the farm’s Facebook page.
Kara Roberson is a freelance writer and public relations professional who enjoys exploring Missouri's attractions, museums and cultural destinations with her two daughters.
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