Visitors Guide to the
Saxon Lutheran Memorial
296 Saxon Memorial Drive
Frohna, Missouri
573-824-5404
 

 
Accessible Parking Accessible Picnic Facilities Accessible Interpretive Exhibits Accessible Missouri Historic Site Accessible Gift Shop Restrooms
   






 
 

The Saxon Lutheran Memorial is an outdoor history museum in the setting of a log cabin village located on the homestead and farm on the Bergt Farm Complex. In the 19th-century German Kingdom of Saxony, Lutheran pastor Martin Stephan and many of his followers found themselves increasingly at odds with the established Lutheran Church. In order to freely practice their Christian faith in accordance with the Lutheran confessions outlined in the Book of Concord, approximately 600 people Saxon Lutherans left for the United States in November 1838. Their ships arrived January 5, 1839 in New Orleans. After spending some time waiting for that last ship, most of the remaining 750 immigrants settled in Perry County, Missouri, and in and around St. Louis. Among that group were Christian Adolph Bergt and Caroline Louise Voelker who married in 1841. In 1847 the Bergts acquired the property of an early pioneer named Thomas Twyman who settled in the area in 1820. The property would remain in the Bergt family until 1957. The property was purchased by the Concordia Historical Institute of St. Louis in 1961. The property was restored and in 1964 was dedicated and opened to the public as a "walk-in History Book" of German immigrant life in America.

The buildings of the Saxon Lutheran Memorial are all in their original locations and consist of a residential building with frame and hewn log sections, two log outbuildings whose original use is uncertain, a granary, and a timber frame barn which contains within it an earlier double crib hewn log barn. These buildings range in period of construction from the second quarter of the 19th century to the first quarter of the 20th century. The frugal sense to preserve and reuse that was a notable characteristic of the Missouri German probably explains how the Bergt Farm Complex remained intact. The Saxon Lutheran Memorial is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and in 2009 it was recognized by the Friends of Missouri State Archive Association as the last complete home and farmstead complex of its era. The entire facility depicts aspects of the Saxon migration and settlement, and displays the domestic and farming artifacts of the 19th century Missouri German rural settlements in Perry County. The Saxon Lutheran Memorial is the site of a number of events throughout the year including Community Baking Days on the first Saturday of each month during the season (march through November - excluding October) and the popular annual Fall Festival in October. If you can't make it to the Community Baking Days you can make arrangements with the staff to bake your own bread in their outdoor oven at your convenience.

 
     
Visiting the Saxon Lutheran Memorial
     March 1 - December 23
          Tuesday - Saturday  9 am - 5 pm
          Sunday 1pm - 4 pm
          Closed on Mondays

          Closed on most holidays
There is no charge to visit the Saxon Lutheran Memorial, although donations are welcome.
A note about accessibility: There are no designated handicapped parking spots but visitors can drive up to the main building to be let off. The main building is accessible but many others are not. The restrooms are not constructed to accommodate wheelchairs.
   
 
Directions: The Saxon Lutheran Memorial is located off State Highway C north of the intersection of State Highways C and A in the center of Frohna.
 
   
  GPS Coordinates
37 38.697'
W 89 36.807'
 
   
  Learn more about the Frohna area.  
   
     
  www.saxonlutheranmemorial.org
The official website of the Saxon Lutheran Memorial.
 
     
 
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