Walk Through German History
Learn about early Lutherans in Perry County
August 24, 2018
One of the oldest communities in Missouri can be found down Interstate 55 in Perry County about 80 miles from St. Louis. The area was settled by Lutheran immigrants in the early 1800s. It includes the towns of Perryville and Frohna.
Frohna is home to the Saxon Lutheran Memorial, an outdoor history museum set in a log cabin village on 30 acres. The museum highlights the pioneering spirit of the early immigrants from Germany who settled Perry County. On the National Register of Historic Places, the museum consists of 15 buildings, seven of which are log cabins dating from 1820 to 1840.
Take a walk back in time at the Saxon Lutheran Memorial Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature live demonstrations from the 1800s, handmade crafts, German food, entertainment, apple-butter cooking, horse and buggy rides and more. For more information, call 573-824-5404.
In nearby Perryville, the "Heartland's best-kept secret," shop specialty stores, visit wineries, then head to Willow House Bed and Breakfast, the town's first bed and breakfast. Built in 1901, the Victorian home has been restored and provides many of today's conveniences in its accommodations. Located just two blocks off the Perryville Square, the B&B is five minutes from I-55.