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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

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Name that Trail: This 2.25 mile trail is designated for hikers and mountain bikers. It winds its way through woods and old fields and along small intermittent streams. Maples and sycamore trees grace the banks of Little Bonne Femme Creek, which is crossed twice. At the eastern crossing, a 100-foot bridge provides a dry crossing. The western crossing lacks a bridge a may require minor wadding. 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.