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Here is a very brief introduction to the purpose of the Saxon Lutheran Memorial. It is a treasure of time preserved for all to experience the history, culture, heritage and legacy of those who have paved the way for us in early American life and survival. It is a memorial in honor of the unfailing determination and unwavering faith of the Saxon immigrants who came to this country to make a difference; a difference that is practiced today through the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. This site was established as a museum in 1961 when it was purchased by Concordia Historical Institute of St. Louis, MO. It started with 11 acres which included the original home and farmstead of Wilhelm & Christian Bergt. They were brothers who came over with the 1839 immigration from Niederfrohna of Saxony Germany. They were both weavers.
Prior to their arrival, a frontier man named Thomas Twyman of Brazeau, MO was living on the property along with his family and slave family. It was a 200 acre farm. He had been on the property since 1820 and built the cabin home, a granary and a log barn, plus two small slave cabins. It was a God-send for the Bergt brothers to find this farm and be able to purchase it.
Today the site covers 30 acres and consists of 15 buildings, 7 of which are historic log cabins. Over the years three more log cabins were brought to the site to be preserved. And then other buildings were built to create a village. It now consist of: a carpenter shop, broom & leather shop, a blacksmith shop, a second granary, a machine shed, an outdoor brick oven, a confirmation building and a visitor center. It also has a small primitive campground maintained by Boy Scout Troop 246.
It is owned by Concordia Historical Instititute of St. Louis, MO which is the archive arm of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. It is operated and directed by the curator who lives on the site.
Twyman Cabin; 1820 & Bergt Cabin; 1840. Original to property when bought by CHI.