Visitors to Oktoberfest in Hermann during the first four weekends in October will have a new site to visit, the 200-acre Hermann Farm and Museum on the east side of town.
The farm, which opened in spring, offers a trip back in time to see how the first German immigrants lived and farmed after arriving in 1837 in the hilly valley that would become Hermann.
Visitors can tour the restored historic buildings, including the two-story Hussmann House, a Greek-revival style home that served as the estate and business office of prominent leaders in Hermann since 1850. The house now serves as a museum with authentic period furnishings.
The collection of meticulously restored, and in some cases relocated and reassembled, buildings on the grounds creates a pastoral setting in the hills overlooking the Missouri River.
Tram tours take visitors through the farm, which has chickens, sheep, cattle and a pair of white mules named Pat and Jane. The farm also has eight Shire draft horses, a massive and mild-mannered breed that graces the pastures along the 2.2-mile tour.
The farm features the restored master distiller’s house, where whiskey, brandy and gin will be made, and the log trading post, which dates back to the 1700s. An 1838 house has been reborn as a visitor center and mercantile with gift items.
Admission to the farm is $18 for adults, and $9 for children ages 3 to 15.
Along with some of the state’s oldest, award-winning wineries, Hermann is home to the Deutschheim State Historic Site, where visitors can stroll through restored 1840s and 1850s German homes.
The historic Hermann Museum at the Old German School displays a collection of artifacts from the German immigrants who settled the area.
Hermann, the heart of Missouri’s German America, is the perfect place to visit on an October weekend, when fall colors light up the hills and bluffs in the Missouri River Valley.