Welcome to Heritage Hall Museum and Archives!

The Heritage Hall Museum and Archives has over 20,000 items to display.

1879 Pioneer Home
The Ludwig Deckert built this home in 1879. The lumber was hauled by oxen and wagon from Yankton, a town located 34 miles to the south. The house was moved to the museum site and restored in 1979. Many household items are original furnishings. A unique feature of this interesting home is the Russian oven and heating system built in the center of the house.

Diamond Valley School
Originally located about a mile south of Freeman on U.S. Highway 81, the Diamond Valley School, District #58, served as the one room school house for the district form 1902 until the school closed in 1969.
Bethel Mennonite Church
The Bethel Mennonite church was established in 1892 east of Dolton (8 miles north and 4 miles east of Freeman). This building was built in that location in 1920 and served the church until the congregation disbanded at its centennial in 1992. It incorporates many architectural elements unique to Prussian/Russian Mennonite houses of worship.

Johannestal Reformed Church
Built in 1902 and located seven miles west of Freeman, this building served the Johannestal congregation from 1902 until 1967, when the church closed. The building also contains a display of other churches in the community.


1879 Pioneer Home

Bethel Mennonite Church Diamond Valley School          Johannestal Reformed Church