Historic Bethel German Colony is 45 miles west of Hannibal. Founded by Dr. Wilhelm Keil in 1844, Bethel was the most successful communal colony in Missouri. Today, this tiny community of 117 residents strives to preserve its rich heritage.
The colony offers the public an opportunity visit a time when colonists lived by the golden rule and shared crops, clothing, crafts and even their earnings. Spend a day exploring an 1800s colony; follow a mapped walking tour; visit shops and museums; enjoy a house-made meals at the Fest Hall (Mon.-Sat., 6 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., noon-2 p.m.); take part in festivals and parades; witness a way of life when no doors were locked and your home was your neighbors.
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