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Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site

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Park Information

Stepping on to the grounds of Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site is like stepping into 19th century pastorale. Many of the buildings that Waltus Watkins spent half a century building – including an elegant home and a three-story woolen mill – have been preserved to give visitors a sense of life in the 1870s. The mill is the only 19th century textile mill in the United States with its original machinery still intact. The site's visitor center offers an introduction to the Watkins family and their many business ventures.

Park Hours

Historic Site Grounds:
  • April through October
    9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday
  • November through March
    9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday

Visitor Center hours

Visitor Center and Museum

  • April through October
    9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday
  • November through March
    9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday

Watkins Mill hours

Tours of Watkins Woolen Mill and the Watkins House:

  • April through October
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday
    Mill tours are given on the even hours (10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.)
    House tours are on the odd hours (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.)
  • November through March
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday, Saturday and holiday Mondays
    11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday
    Mill tours are given on the even hours (10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m.)
    House tours are on the odd hours (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.)

Swimming Beach hours

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Name that Trail: This trail is designed especially for people with visual or physical disabilities and is designated as a National Recreation Trail. The trail passes by a quarry pond, which now supports a variety of animal life. A short spur off of the trail takes hikers to the top of the granite outcrop, where they can explore the maze of giant elephant rocks. A second spur brings you to a point overlooking an old quarry site, where Missouri red granite was quarried from the 1860s through the early 1900s. Don’t know the answer? Get your copy of Trails of Missouri State Parks and read more about this and other exciting trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites at mostateparks.com.