Tour the grand, beautiful Schowengerdt House

Preserved and listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Built in 1866 for Ernst Schowengerdt and his wife Elesebet (Hukreden)

This beautiful Victorian residence was continuously owned and occupied by them or their descendants until the death of Margaret Carol Schowengerdt in 2002. The Victorian house and gardens were transferred to the Warren County Historical Society through the Margaret Schowengerdt Trust.

The house has just recently undergone extensive restorations needed to keep the home in good condition for years to come. The home had been closed since 2015 for extensive restoration, reopening in late 2021. The house has been on the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places since 1980.

Today by appointment, visitors can tour the recently restored home and its grounds with scenic views over historic downtown Warrenton.

Exterior of the Schowengerdt House
Outside photo looking up at the side of the Schowengerdt House

Schedule a tour of Warren County’s most historic home

The Schowengerdts were business and community leaders in Warren County for generations. They built and maintained a general merchandise store that early pioneer settlers stopped at after traveling long, dangerous miles. Often, the Schowengerdts invited weary travelers into their home for dinner. 

Generations later and into the 1980s, the Schowengerdt family operated a general store on Main Street in Warrenton. This popular store was among the most frequented in the region at a time before malls.

More recently, the home was owned by Margaret Schowengerdt, who left the grounds and the home to the Warren County Historical Society with rules for its preservation, use, and future care. The Historical Society welcomes to you to schedule a tour of this grand home.

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