The town of Hermann, Missouri, is known for its wineries and German heritage. It was founded in 1837 by a group of German immigrants and is home to the annual Hermann Maifest, a celebration of German culture and traditions.
Maries County, Missouri has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. The county was established on February 25, 1855, and was named in honor of the Maries River, which flows through the area. The first European settlers arrived in the early 1800s, primarily of German descent. They were drawn to the fertile lands and abundant natural resources offered by the region.

During the Civil War, Maries County played a significant role as its location made it a strategic point for both Union and Confederate forces. The county experienced numerous skirmishes, raids, and guerrilla warfare as both sides vied for control. The county was devastated by the war, with many homes and farms destroyed. Following the war, the county slowly began to rebuild and recover.

Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Maries County became known for its agricultural and mining industries. Farming, particularly livestock and dairy farming, became the backbone of the county's economy. Mining operations for lead and zinc also flourished, bringing prosperity to the area. The county's population grew steadily during this time.

In the present day, Maries County continues to be primarily rural with agriculture and mining remaining significant economic factors. The area is known for its beautiful landscapes, including the Maries River and the Mark Twain National Forest, which provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. The county also takes pride in its historical heritage, with numerous sites and landmarks commemorating its past.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Maries County, Missouri.

  • 1820 - Maries County is established as a county in the state of Missouri.
  • 1823 - The town of Vienna is founded and becomes the county seat.
  • 1861 - Maries County residents are divided in their loyalties during the Civil War.
  • 1864 - Union forces led by General James McNeil conduct a raid on Vienna, resulting in the burning of the courthouse.
  • 1870 - The Missouri Pacific Railroad is completed, enhancing transportation and commerce in Maries County.
  • 1904 - The main business district in Vienna is destroyed by a fire.
  • 1941 - Construction begins on the Fort Leonard Wood military base.
  • 1969 - The Gasconade River is dammed to create the Gasconade Hills Reservoir.
  • 1993 - The town of Belle is severely affected by flooding.