Through guided tours of two historic houses, visitors experience the daily life and traditions of German immigrants to Missouri as it was in the mid 19th century. In 1836, the German Setttlement Society of Philadelphia was formed to create Deutschheim (German Home), a place where German immigrants could live much as they had in the old country with the freedom to practice their own German traditions and language.
Learn about the German migration to Missouri, why they came and what they have contributed to our state history. Walk through house interiors, furnished as they were in the 19th century, supplemented by exhibits of German culture and traditions.
Tour the Pommer-Gentner House, a substantial brick German Neoclassical home built for Caroline Pommer in 1840. While in Philadelphia, the Pommers were makers of fine violins and pianos and were early supporters of the Settlement Society.
The Strehly House, built in the 1840s, is a more modest structure of early timber frame construction with additions over the years, including the beautiful two-and-a-half story brick winery
with wine cellar. A unique experience the Strehly House was owned and lived in by the same family for more than 100 years and it retains its original appearance and functions. From this house, Carl Strehly and his partner Eduard Muehl published the first German newspaper west of the Mississippi in 1843. See a Washington Press from the era and learn how newspapers were printed.
Tours are given at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Both houses feature historic landscapes and gardens. Behind the Pommer Gentner House visitors tour a traditional German four square garden featuring many heirloom plants and demonstrating traditional German gardening practices. Behind the Strehly House, an arbor features grapevines more than 100 years old.
At Christmas, come celebrate Weihnachtsfest, a German Christmas celebration held the first two weekends in December. Come visit historic Hermann, Mo. and Deutschheim State Historic Site to get a glimpse of life as it was for German immigrants in the 19th century. While here, take a walking tour of the historic district with hundreds of historic buildings, tour local wineries continuing in the historic winemaking tradition of the early founders, and take in the beauty of this picturesque river valley, Little Rhineland on the Missouri.