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Embark on a customized tour featuring heroic immigration stories and the Faiths that saved them. Travel throughout Perry County's beautiful countryside visiting these remarkable houses of worship built by our earliest pioneers. Hear their diverse accounts of immigration, see their humble beginnings, understand their quests for religious freedom and new beginnings.

Travel with these brave pioneers and experience this culturally rich and unique tour of faith in the heartland, in Perry County, Missouri.

Lutheran Heritage Museum & Log Cabin

75 Church Street, Altenburg, Missouri

In 1838, 700 Saxon Germans left their homes, farms, businesses and all they knew behind to embark on a dangerous sea voyage to America. See where they found their land of opportunity, rebuilt their lives and formed communities which exist and thrive to this day. The Lutheran Heritage Center professionally interprets their journey and beautifully preserves the history of the birthplace of the Missouri Synod Lutheran religion. Learn more about their sea voyage, their trials, tribulations and triumphs. Home of the historic log cabin college, the first Concordia University site.  Gift shop on site.

St. Mary's of the Barren

1811 W. Ste Joseph Street, Perryville, Missouri

Trek across America’s wilderness with the Maryland Catholics as they settle in the “Barrens” that years later will become known as Perry County, MO. Nationally recognized, the Shrine and church has welcomed visitors since 1818. St. Mary’s of the Barrens church is modeled after the Vincentian Motherhouse chapel in Rome, Monte Citoiro. Decorated with beautiful paintings and intricate design work on the walls and ceilings make it a masterpiece nestled among the beautiful Rosary Walk and an outdoor grotto. First Seminary west of the Mississippi. Gift shop on site. 


Contact Information:
Trish Erzfeld, Tourism Director
2 W. Ste Maries Street
Perryville, MO 63775
573-517-2069 (c)


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As we welcome many couples and families into our community this weekend with The Bank of Missouri Spring Classic and the 34th Annual Perryville Mayfest Festival we wanted to share 5 great activities to do while you are enjoying your weekend with us! 


1. Missouri's National Veterans Memorial 
1172 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Perryville, MO 63775

If you have never had the opportunity to visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. here is your chance! This awe-inspiring EXACT full-scale sister wall of the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. offers veterans, civilians and those currently serving a place in the Midwest to reflect on the sacrifices of all service men and women. Reflect and honor in a quiet, peaceful setting that only Perryville can offer. History, Art and Healing. Museum and gift shop on site.


2. St. Mary's of the Barren and Rosary Walk
1701 West St. Joseph Street, Perryville, MO 63775

Nationally recognized, the Shrine and church have welcomed visitors since 1818. Decorated with beautiful paintings and intricate design work on the walls and ceilings make it a masterpiece. Gift shop on site. Rosary Walk is a 35-minute walk options for visitors. Easy stroll, flower gardens, natural areas, WWI outdoor grotto, plenty of benches, shade and breathtaking marble and bronze statues from Italy.


3. Mayfest Craft Fair
Downtown Square, Perryville

This event will take place on Saturday, May 11th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will showcase hundreds of area craft vendors around the beautiful and historic downtown Perryville Square. Food trucks and vendors along with events, music and a carnival can be found at Perryville Mayfest.


4. Movie at the Perry Park Center : Breakthrough
800 City Park Drive, Perryville, MO 63775

Based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. MPAA Rating: PG


5. SplashPad 
Miget Park, French Lane

If the weather holds off Sunday, you need to slip over to the newly constructed Splash Pad that was just finished Spring 2019. This great feature will cool you off and provide tons of fun for the kiddos in a safe, controlled environment, close to The Bank of Missouri Soccer Park. 


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