Located on a solid foundation on Byrnes Mill Road in Byrnes Mill Park, the log core of this old (ca. 1871) cabin preserves historical and architectural value for generations now and in the future.
Thanks to the efforts of the Northwest Historical Preservation Society of Jefferson County and the cooperation and generosity of many area individual and organizations, the house was moved to its current site from its original location near Highway MM when that highway, its bridges and infrastructure were improved in 2000. Major restoration efforts are ongoing.
In 1900 Charles Hagemeister reported to the census taker that he immigrated to the United States from Germany with his new wife Frederica in 1872. A date of 1871 is more likely, because his name does not appear in the 1870 Missouri, but he is listed as a property owner in House Springs in 1871.
In 1880, Charles, age 34, and Frederica, age 27, had 4 children ages 1 through 7, all Missouri born. He listed his occupation as a shoemaker.
Charles Hagemeister died on September 17, 1924, in House Springs (U.S. Census 1900-1920; Jefferson County Probate Records).
Early maps and records suggest that Hagemeister built his house about the time he arrived in Jefferson County in 1871.
A map published in 1860 does not show the house but another map, published in 1871, locates a house on property Hagemeister owned.
He and his wife arrived in House Springs before the birth of their 1st child. Charles built a small log house on his newly acquired parcel, and added to it with frame construction as the family grew.
Later, Hagemeister's son-in-law, Charles Alt, cut the lumber and sided the house.