Exploring Missouri State Parks: Deutschheim State Historic Site

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show!

In the spring of 1838, steamboats carried German immigrants up the Missouri River to a hilly site that would become the city of Hermann. Some 175 years later, Hermann is still the heart of Missouri’s German America.

Germans founded towns all along the Lower Missouri River Valley, from St. Louis to Boonville. They brought their language and customs with them.

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The Deutschheim State Historic Site tells the story of that massive migration,  which changed the face of Missouri forever.

Deutschheim means “home of the Germans,” and the historic site offers tours of two vintage residences. The Pommer-Gentner house, constructed in 1840 and one of the finest early buildings in Hermann, is furnished in the period of the 1830s and 1840s.

The Carl Strehly house was built in 1842 and displays the belongings of the Strehly and Muehl families. Rosa Strehly lived her entire life in the house, from 1865 to 1962.

If you visit in spring or summer, be sure and enjoy the meticulously kept heirloom gardens of herbs, vegetables and perennials behind the Pommer-Genter house.

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