The Saxon Lutheran Memorial complex has been open as an historic site since 1964 and has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. The complex consists of 30 acres dominated by the log-cabin frame house building that was the home of brothers Wilhelm and Christian Adolf Bergt. Now restored, it contains household utensils and furniture from the pioneer period. Also restored are a log barn within a frame structure, two small log buildings thought to have served as slave quarters for settlers prior to the arrival of the Saxons, a wooden granary converted into a country store museum, a visitors' center, and an outdoor museum for farm equipment. The Memorial was dedicated 31 October 1964, on the 125th anniversary of the Saxon Immigration.
A machine shed was added to the site in 1990 and is filled with old machinery. Several buildings with connections to the descendants of the Saxons living in the area have been moved to the site in recent years, including the Fenwick Cabin, the Hamilton-Goehring Cabin, the Schuppan Haus and the newest addition, the 1904 Confirmation Room from Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. Other buildings have been constructed on the site to depict the customs and way of life of the 19th century settlers: a bake oven, a blacksmith shop and a woodworking shop.
Imagine what it would be like to live in a log home in the 1800s. You can give your imagination a boost by visiting the Saxon Lutheran Memorial, where you'll see the Bergt home. This historic building has been through many changes through the years. A lean-to porch was added across the west side when the second log cabin was built. In the 1840s, a board and batten lean-to was built across the east side to serve as kitchen, bedroom and porch, then removed in the 1920s. In 1870, a room was added beyond the west porch. Later the porch was closed in to serve as a kitchen. In 1913 the larger frame addition completed the house. With most of the original immigrant homestead in Perry County rapidly disappearing, Concordia Historical Institute purchased the Bergt home in 1961 and restored it as a museum, reflecting the life and work of the early immigrant group. Today, the house serves as the curator's residence.
Visitors are always welcome to tour the buildings, grounds and museum of the Saxon Lutheran Memorial. Bus tours and school groups are especially invited. A special attraction is the annual Fall Festival, held on the second Saturday in October each year. It features pioneer craft demonstrations and traditional foods.
A resident curator is available at the Memorial to point out its many interesting features, as well as to handle sales items in the country store and visitors center. The curator will greet you on Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The SLM is closed Mondays. Tour groups are asked to make advance arrangements by writing to: Saxon Lutheran Memorial, Frohna, MO 63748 or by calling (573) 824-5404.
The Memorial is closed December through February.
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