If you want history to come to life, look no further than the White House Hotel in downtown Hermann Missouri. 1886 is the marked year for this living history museum. Each aspect of the hotel has been carefully and continually restored to its original splendor. Rooms are open to view and the decor is outstanding. You may even see the reenactment of a gun fight.
You have two options when visiting the White House Hotel. First, you are welcome to go on a self-guided tour which includes 3 stories of rooms, bathrooms, an authentic hotel bar and even a Speak-Easy constructed during Prohibition. As you walk through the house you can read about all the different rooms and even some of the history. However, if you are a true historian and/or lover of stories, the lantern tour is right for you. Step back in time as you are guided through the house by the curator of the museum dressed in authentic hotel garb.
Located in the National Historic District overlooking the Missouri River and built in 1868, the hotel is a three-story brick building with a two story wing containing 36 rooms. It is enhanced by the original cast iron balconies, carved stone keystones above the windows, ornate woodwork under the eaves and rising high above is the iron-railed Widows Walk.
Inside, the hotel boasts coved ceilings, some 16-foot high, arched hallways, 12″ thick brick walls, wrap around full balconies overlooking 1st Street, and rooms authentically furnished in the pre-1900 period. The hotel’s original saloon, rightly named “The First and Last Stop Saloon” located at the front entrance, served all likes of spirits through out the hotel’s history. The hotel has a full basement, including its own wine cellar.
This site is dedicated to the historic preservation of this history-rich building located in the beautiful town of Hermann Missouri. The White House Hotel Ticket Office and Information Booth now has a wide range of interesting facts and history of the historic building. It is free to the public and located in the former blacksmith and buggy shop off 1st Street. Just look for the open red doors.
You won’t regret your stop at the White House Hotel and once you take a trip down memory lane, you’ll have the historic images impressed in your mind and heart.