Established in 1835, Germantown Colony is one of three sites founded by the Utopian Movement or Harmonist Society in the early days of the 19th Century. The group, under the leadership of Count von Leon, underwent less than ideal circumstances to eventually arrive in current day Minden. The settlers were escaping religious persecution in Europe in hopes of finding a place to worship God as they interpreted in scripture. The museum features artifacts from some of the early settlers, agricultural tools and three of the original buildings remain on site today. Tours are free to the public and are offered Thursday through Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.