2016 Holiday House Tours
Beautiful historic properties in and around Hermann have decked the halls and are ready to welcome visitors. Tour at your leisure and enjoy refreshments at The Cottage along the way.
When: Saturday, December 3
Hours: 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 per person — purchase at the Welcome Center (or Sugar Momma’s after 3:30 on Saturday)
Refreshments: The Cottage
Sponsor: Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce
The Koerber-Meyer Haus
124 East Second Street
Mayor Robert and Sherron Koerber
Built by Judge Henry August Meyer in 1883 with brick made just east of Hermann, The Koerber-Meyer House is on the National Register of Historic Places. The home has been restored to its original exterior appearance and retains many of its original interior features, including the walnut staircase, flooring, parlor light fixture and plaster ceiling medallions. Upon entering the house, rooms to the left are formal, as evidenced by the crown molding, pocket doors and ceiling medallions. These rooms were lavishly decorated and used for entertaining and receiving visitors. Rooms to the right, as well as the upstairs rooms (not included in the tour), served as the family’s living quarters. Judge Meyer often performed marriage ceremonies in the parlor and sometimes held small receptions for newlyweds in the dining room. A copy of August Meyer and Henriette Vedewald’s marriage certificate, written in German and dated 1875, is on display in the back hall.
From the Welcome Center, go two blocks north on Market Street (Highway 19). Turn right on East Second Street. the Koerber-Meyer Haus will be on your right.
Wharf Street Inn
208 Wharf Street
Mike & Donna Diener
Wharf Street Inn is comprised of two buildings sharing a common wall, listed on the National Historic Registry of Historic Places as the Leimer Hotel (circa 1838) and the Pacific Railroad Dining Saloon (circa 1853). The hotel played a part in two major disasters in Hermann’s history. In 1842 the steamer Big Hatchie blew up on the wharf. In 1855 the first train from St. Louis to Jefferson City met with tragedy when the Gasconade River bridge collapsed. During both disasters the Leimer Hotel became a makeshift hospital.
In the past year the buildings have undergone a complete renovation. As a result, nine beautiful new guest rooms all have private entrances and bathrooms. Four riverfront rooms have gas fireplaces and jetted tubs. A courtyard and two covered porches serve as sitting areas for guests to enjoy.
Wohlt House Bed & Breakfast
415 East First Street
Judy & Jerry Gregersen
Wohlt House was built in 1884 by Augusta Wohlt, the first mayor of Hermann. Innkeeper Judy is a retired florist who loves to decorate for Christmas. This year’s holiday decorations include a replica of the Polar Express train and accompanying memorabilia.
From the Welcome Center, go north on Market Street (Highway 19). At the bridge, turn right on East First Street. Wohlt House B&B will be on your left, just past Hermannhof Winery.
The Doll House B&B
201 Lewis Street, Rhineland
Ken & Melissa Stevens
The Doll House Bed and Breakfast in Rhineland is just off the Katy Trail. Built as a doctor’s office in 1921, the home was a rental property for a time and then sold to The Doll family, who live there until 2000. Jeff and Amanda Schaefer purchased the home and turned into a four-bedroom bed and breakfast, named in honor of the Doll family. Ken and Melissa Stevens of Wentzville purchased the property in March of this year and say they are loving their new life here.
From the Welcome Center, go north on Market Street (Highway 19) across the Missouri River bridge. Turn left on Highway 94. Go about four miles to Rhineland. The Doll House will be on your left.
1185 Highway H
The Pettijohn Family
Share refreshments and conversation in a magical country Christmas setting. Come enjoy the sights, sounds, and treats of the season at The Cottage, where the atmosphere reflects the personalities of three generations of Pettijohns who pour their hearts into making people feel welcome and want to celebrate life with friends and loved ones.
From the Welcome Center, go south on Market Street (Highway 19). Turn left on Highway H. The entrance to The Cottage will be on your right, just past Bayer Road.