Back in the mid-1970s our country was celebrating its Bi-Centennial everywhere. History
was alive! Robert and Lois Hostkoetter had found the old Huber Log Cabin from Perry County and rebuilt it on their property in southern Warren County near Lake Creek where the Germans had first settled. In love with Eric Sloane’s Covered Bridges they had added that to the farm as well. They wanted to share their passion for history, the German heritage and their “Luxenhaus Farm” and help others understand and learn it as well. And so Deutsch Country Days was born. They followed this with the eighteen Missouri log structures from Gasconade, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren Counties — all originally built from 1800 – 1860. These buildings became “LUXENHAUS FARM,” Platt Deutsch (Low German) for “log house farm.” Made with all the hard work and love this dedicated couple could give.
Each year on the third weekend of October people come from all over the world to share in this experience. The Luxenhaus Farm comes alive as a German settlement of the 1800s! You and your family, your children and your grandchildren become immersed in what life was like for the Germans as they settled Missouri. Grandma’s cabin is filled with quilter’s, weavers and spinners who lovingly demonstrate these early crafts. Nearby the mules work the Sourghum press to create
this very necessary commodity used in place of sugar. Further up the hill you will hear the steam engine driving the mill creating the beauty that filled their homes.
As you make your way further you encounter the passionate crafters that have been teaching Bobbin Lace, Candle dipping and Blacksmithing….long forgotten crafts in this
world of technology and iPads. The smell of wood fire fills the air as the Apple Butter churn is worked. This makes you hungry but don’t despair, the local youth organizations have prepared some great food that you can enjoy right there. Music fills the air. You need to plan on spending the entire day. There will be a time and a place for the Trappers of the Starved Rock who have been sharing the days of the fur traders, and the Osage Village as well, to take you even further back in time. In case you prefer, the American Civil War you will find that being shared as well.
Hundreds of volunteers have been making this weekend come alive for over 35 years, and we can be thankful of all of their dedication to history. So many of the crafts provide
a hands on opportunity for your children and your grandchildren to enjoy and appreciate. There is no other event quite like Deutsch Country Days! Wilkommen!!!
Please join me and all of the Missouri Germans and take a step into this window through time. The farm is part of Missouri’s German Heritage Corridor. You can learn more about the event at their website https://www.deutschcountrydays.org/ or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/deutschcountrydays/ or you can call them at 636-443-5669! One thing you must know as well… leave your technology at home… as this is a place where smart phones don’t work and the internet and charge cards don’t reach. See you at Deutsch Country Days!!!