Preservation is not just an empty concept to the farm proprietors–it is an effort to save 19th century log and period structures from oblivion by means of a deep-seated appreciation of history.Â It is also a stubborn German heritage and determination to maintain a link with their German-American roots. At Luxenhaus Farm, the family has preserved not only dilapidated log and family homesteads, barns and â€śoutâ€ť buildings from destruction, fire, burial and deterioration, but has preserved the early folkways and skills of this rural Missouri area!
Just thirty-four years ago, Luxenhaus Farm was a rocky wooded hillside, typical of the Warren County, MO countryside in the mid-1800â€˛s. Twenty-one log and wood-siding primitive restored structures plus the â€śERIC SLOANE COVERED BRIDGEâ€ť now dot the acreage, thanks to the foresight of the ownerâ€™s family, friends and new neighbors.
Of country roots, the family elected to somehow preserve their German Heritage for future generations to understand our pioneer forefatherâ€™s way of life. First was the â€śERIC SLOANE COVERED BRIDGE,â€ť constructed from circa 1818 sidingâ€“the Louisiana Purchase era. The Bridge was dedicated on July 4, 1976, our Bicentennial, to â€śEric Sloane,â€ť (Edvard Heinreich), the late-greatly remembered Americana artist and author of such well-known titles as â€śAmerican Barns and Covered Bridges,â€ť â€śEarly American Tools,â€ť â€śOur Vanishing Landscapeâ€ť and many more collectable books; many are available in the â€śGeneral Mercantileâ€ť during the Deutsch Country Days historic event.
Mr. Sloane signed several of his books brought from the ownersâ€™ collection, gifting an unpublished new work (at the time) titled â€śThe Sound of Bells!â€ť It is now available at book stores and online. ALL of Mr. Sloaneâ€™s historic library are indeed a delight for children and adults â€“ filed with early American history and nostalgia!
The second log structure to be reconstructed was the six-room dog-trot log home, â€śTHE HUBER HAUS,â€ť originally constructed in 1830 in Perryville, Missouri by German immigrant Andrew Huber and his family. The family included his wife, three children and one mother-in-law who just arrived from Germany several months prior to the construction; perhaps the motivation for the expedited housing expansion!Â
Then followed the eighteen Missouri log structures from Gasconade, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren Counties â€” all originally built from 1800- 1860. These buildings became â€śLUXENHAUS FARM,â€ť Platt Deutsch (Low German) for â€ślog house farm.â€ť
The derivation of the name, â€śLuxenhaus,â€ť was derived in 1978 from a local, elderly, original Marthasville resident who was still speaking fluent Platt Deutsch. Cannot locate any of these ancestors in â€śHigh German,â€ť or Hoch Deutsch, was translated to â€śBARENHAUS.â€ť That simply did not relate to anyone close, as that description was of the exquisite estate and mansion of the Augustus Bush Family in St. Louis. Thus the authentically-named Marthasville, Missouri farm as in 1850 was â€śLUXENHAUS,â€ť meaning â€śLog House Farm.â€ť
The farm, along with the Deutsch Country Days Historic demonstrations and exhibits, has been featured in numerous national magazines, publications and films throughout the years.
Â “Kommen, freuet euch mit uns.”
Â ”Come, enjoy yourself with us â€” Here you are most welcome!”
Grounds are only partially Handicap accessible.
Leashed pets are always welcome–along with their “pooper-scooper!”