Historic Buildings

No exhibit can compete with the experience of walking into a historic building and being able to see how a people lived, learned, and worshiped. Heritage Hall Museum is fortunate to offer visitors the  opportunity to tour a number of restored and furnished historic buildings. 

Bethel Mennonite Church

Museum in South Dakota

The Bethel Mennonite Church was established in 1892 east of Dolton.  Built in 1920 and originally located 8 miles north and 4 miles east of  Freeman, this building served the congregation until they disbanded in  1992. It incorporates many architectural elements unique to  Prussian/Russian Mennonite houses of worship. 

The Deckert House

Museum South Dakota

Ludwig Deckert built this frame home in  1879 northeast of Freeman. 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 grass-burning oven, "black kitchen" and large smokehouse chimney built in the center of the  house. The 1879 Deckert House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Johannesthal Reformed Church

South Dakota Museum

Built in 1902 just seven miles west of Freeman, this small building  served the Johannesthal congregation from 1902 until 1967, when the  church closed. The building also contains a display of other churches in the community. 

Diamond Valley Schoolhouse

SD Museum

Originally located about a mile south of  Freeman on U.S. Highway 81, the Diamond Valley School, District #58,  served as the one-room schoolhouse for the district just south of  Freeman from 1902 until 1969. 

Welcome to Heritage Hall Museum & Archives 


Summer Hours:
May through September
Monday - Friday 9 am-4 pm
Weekends 1-4 pm

Winter Hours:
October through April
Monday - Friday 12-4 pm
(Closed all weekends and holidays.)  

The Archivist is available Monday-Friday or by appointment.