Historical home tours set to begin for 2016

The Mott Gallery of History & Art, along with the John Stern descendants, offers two public tours of the Stern Homestead this summer.

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The Mott Gallery of History & Art, along with the John Stern descendants, offers two public tours of the Stern Homestead this summer. The unique German-Russian style homestead, listed on the National Historic Register, is one of the best original examples of this type of structure still standing in North Dakota. It is easily accessible two miles east of Mott on Highway 21.

Constructed in 1907, the home has animal shelter, storage and living area all under one roof. The design from Russia provided convenience, a source of heat and minimal contact with fierce winter winds that were so prevalent on the Russian Steppe.

As Mott had not yet established a cemetery, the family’s first three infant boys are buried in a tiny cemetery that has been maintained through the years on the property.

Volunteers will be at the site from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 23rd and also in August on Sunday, the 28th to tell the story of the immigrant family and their struggles. Tours are free, but donations are accepted. Signs have been placed around the property with historical information for visitors as they wander the mowed grounds on the North Dakota prairie.

The Mott Gallery downtown is also open during those hours, with local art and history exhibits, plus a large mural depicting immigrants’ ocean trip from the “old country” to better opportunity in America, and south from Richardton’s railhead to begin farming in the Mott area. For more tour information, call 701-824-2861, 824-2613, or 824-2132.