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Calendar of Events 2019

December 7-8 & 14-15, 2019

Join us at Hermann Farm as we celebrate Weihnachtsfest as our ancestors did in the mid-1800's. Sleigh bells on the Shire draft horses echo through the valley as the open air tram carries you through the 200 acre history farm, stopping along the way to see the beautifully decorated historic houses. Sip wassail and hot cocoa by the fire while singing Christmas carols and enjoy German treats as you learn about early Christmas traditions.

For our special Christkindl Markt weekend on December 14 & 15, we will be joined by author and historian Dorris Keeven-Franke, who will treat our guests to tales of the Christmas traditions brought with the first German settlers from their homeland.

Reservations are not required but are recommended for the tram tours scheduled at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM on 12/7 and 12/14 and 1:00 PM on 12/8 and 12/15. Admission is $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 3-15.

To reserve your spot on the tram, call the Farm office at (573) 486-3276 or email eric@hermannfarm.com.


September 21 & 22, 2019

A large number of German immigrants came to America between 1815 and 1860. Most of those immigrants left Germany for two reasons – more opportunities in the New World and because of political and economic upheaval in their home country. Many people who left Germany were farm workers who were too poor to own land and they had no hope that their situation would improve. Those were the hardy souls that made the difficult journey to America.

Join us at Hermann Farm on September 21 & 22, 2019 to learn more about the hardships the German immigrants experienced on their journey here. The tours given on those days will focus on the long voyage they endured. Guided tram tours will be given at 1:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday. Self-guided walking tours of First Settlement Village can be taken anytime during open hours 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Call (573) 486-3276 for tram tour reservations.

 

June 15-16 – Gardening in the 1850’s

For many of us, gardening is a hobby. But it hasn’t always been this way. In the 1850’s every household needed a garden in order to provide food for their tables as well as medicines, aromatic herbs and dyes.

Tour the 4 Square Garden at First Settlement Village and visit with a costumed interpreter to learn about the plants that were typically grown in the 1850’s.

Take the tram to hear about the Hermann Nurseries, located on the Farm in the 1850's and 60's. The tour guide will talk about the plants that were grown at the nursery as well as the grape vines that thrived on the hillsides.

Also on the tram tour hear about the Master Distiller’s Homestead and the grains and botanicals that were grown for making whiskey and other spirits. Conclude the tour at the Black Shire Distillery for a tasting of the spirits that are currently being distilled.

The tram tour also includes a showing of the majestic Shire draft horses. You will meet our horse trainer and learn the agricultural role that the Shire has played throughout history.

Guided tram tours will be offered at 1:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday. Self-guided walking tours of First Settlement Village are available during open hours – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (admission charged).

Call (573) 486-3276 for tram tour reservations or for additional information. 


May 18 – Hermann Farm opens for the season. (Other times by appointment only.)


May 18-19 – Hermann Farm celebrates its German heritage by bringing history to life.

Visit the historic buildings at the Farm and interact with costumed interpreters portraying the women who once worked this farm, raised their families and ran their businesses.

Tour the First Settlement Village and meet Polly Phillips at the Trading Post. Learn how the first settlers in this area lived before the German immigrants arrived in 1837.

Take the tram to tour the historic Husmann house and visit with Josephine Teubner to discover how she helped her husband Charles and brother George Husmann in their nursery business in the 1850’s.

Continue on the tram route and meet Dorothea Rasche at the Master Distiller’s Homestead. Hear how she and her family persevered in the 1800’s.

The tram tour also includes a showing of the majestic Shire draft horses. You will meet our horse trainer and learn the important role that the Shire has played throughout history.

Guided tram tours will be offered at 1:00 PM both Saturday and Sunday. Self-guided walking tours of First Settlement Village are available during open hours – 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (admission charged).

Call (573) 486-3276 for tram tour reservations or for additional information.