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.
CUSTOMIZED LUNCH MENUS AVAILABLE // STEP ON TOUR GUIDES AVAILABLE
Trish Erzfeld, Tourism Director
2 W. Ste Maries Street
Perryville, MO 63775
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