Turn Back Time

For some, traveling for the holidays is not so much a matter of where to go as when. There’s something about Christmas that shares a symbiotic relationship with the past. Memory creates a personal nostalgia. Time slows down. And technology takes a backseat to traditions.

This year, for the first time, Herman Farm is inviting visitors to get lost in Christmas as it was celebrated in the nineteenth-century German town on the south bank of the Missouri River.

The 160-acre working farm is an open-air museum that captures the spirit of 1850s Hermann when German immigrants had only just begun to settle the area of the Missouri River valley that reminded them so much of their home along the Rhine.

The farm was originally the home of George Husmann, who came to the area in 1838 to live on land his father had purchased while still in Germany.

Deck the Halls

Visitors to Hermann Farm can visit the two-story Husmann House, a Greek Revival style home, restored with period furniture and decorated for the holidays with candles, garland, and wreaths.

The holiday spirit extends beyond the farmhouse to spill across the entire acreage. Herman Farm’s resident shire horses are wearing brightly polished harness bells. A roaring bonfire warms guests behind the restored 1838 mercantile and visitors center.

Schuetzenhalle is decorated with scherenschnitte and springerle, and every building takes on a Christmas theme, from the trading post with antlers and turkey feather décor to Master Distiller’s log homestead with corn husk dolls and many natural decorations. Father Christmas will be at the farm, too.

For more information and updates, go to Facebook: Hermann Farm or call 573-486-3276.