Welcome to The Historic Iron Horse Inn, located in Hermann's downtown Historic district. This modest Queen Anne Victorian home was built in 1898 by August Dietzel and his wife Amalia. Amalia's father, Henry German, was an accomplished woodcarver, cabinetmaker and artist. The most notable examples of his carvings were the twelve great casks made for Stone Hill Winery during the 1860's. On each of the casks was carved a figure representing one of the Apostles. During prohibition these casks were tragically broken down and sent to Germany and to this day these great casks have not been seen again.
August and Amalia Dietzel built this Queen Anne Victorian on the same lot which occupied Amalia's parents' home. Their house was the "pride of Hermann" as quoted in the Hermann newspaper in 1902. August Dietzel was the local tinsmith, the town postmaster and, at one time, the Sheriff of Gasconade County. His tinsmith shop is a small building, still with its original exterior, located on the rear of the Iron Horse Inn property. August's shop was built at the same time that the main house was built.
August and Amalia had two daughters, Rose and Maurine. Maurine Dietzel married William Coe and they then moved into her parents home, which is the Historic Iron Horse Inn today. William Coe was the mayor of Hermann from 1978 to 1982 and was a very well known and highly respected mayor. While living in the home, William and Maureen raised one daughter, Molly.
In 1999, Ruth and Larry Hauser, residents of the Hermann area acquired the house and spent almost a year painstakingly renovating the home to the beautiful state that it is in today, carefully putting in all of the modern conveniences while still keeping it's original historic charm.
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I became the owner of the Historic Iron Horse Inn in 2006 and have just celebrated 11 years of being an innkeeper. I am happy to say that there have been patrons who have returned year after year and have become my friends.
If you want to take a step back in time, relax and enjoy the charm of Hermann, our little German town by the Missouri River, then come visit and let me share my home with you. You will find the inn inviting and comfortable in all seasons. I look forward to meeting you.