Conceptual Development Plan Comment Card
Dillard Mill was built between 1904 and 1908. It played a vital role in the community of Dillard, Missouri. At the time of its construction, the mill was ‘state of the art’ water milling. Now, it is one of Missouri's best-preserved, intact and operable examples of a turn-of-the-century, water-powered gristmill. As such, its preservation provides visitors with the opportunity to see a working gristmill and its interpretation allows an understanding of the importance of such enterprises to the economy of rural areas through the mid-20th century.
Dillard Mill's natural setting is one of great beauty and is a drawing point for many of the facility's visitors. Besides viewing historic buildings, a limited day use area is provided for visitor recreation that encompasses a small shelter, two accessible restrooms, picnic tables and grills, and field exhibits explaining different buildings in the hamlet. Rugged hiking opportunities also are available on site.
Dillard Mill State Historic Site's mission is threefold: 1) to preserve and interpret the last water-powered gristmill in Missouri that has its original grain milling machinery in situ, intact, and in operating condition; 2) to preserve and interpret the changing economic character of the hamlet of (Old) Dillard and those structures associated with it; and 3) to provide quality learning and recreational experiences consistent with management efforts to preserve and protect the site's natural and cultural resources.