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Bollinger Mill State Historic Site

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Travel back to simpler days when business in Missouri was about the rushing of a stream over a dam and bridges were covered. Visitors to Bollinger Mill State Historic Site can watch corn being ground into meal at the massive four-story mill that dates to the Civil War era and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Or they can stroll through the Burfordville Covered Bridge, one of just four covered bridges that remain in Missouri. The site’s rustic setting offers ample picnicking and exploration opportunities along the Whitewater River.

Park Hours

Historic Site Grounds:

Sunrise to 10 p.m., year-round (except New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas days)

Bollinger Mill hours

Tours:

Tours are given on demand.

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • March 15 through Nov. 15
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday (last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.)
    Noon - 4 p.m., Sunday (last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.)

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • Nov. 16 through March 14
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday and Thursday through Saturday (last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.)
    Noon - 4 p.m. Sunday (last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.)
    No tours are offered on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The historic site is closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

Historic Site Office hours

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round

Sometime between 1936 and 1938, the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution published “The Old Tavern; Book of Recipes,” which contained more than 700 recipes from DAR members and the J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. The recipes offered a unique glimpse into our food culture during the early years of the 20th century. On page 36 is a recipe for buttermilk biscuits: “Add to ½ sifter of flour, 1 scant tsp. soda, ¼ tsp salt, 2 level tsp. baking powder. Sift into mixing bowl. Cut in with fork 2 heaping tbsp. lard, 1pt. buttermilk. Turn onto floured board, knead to soft dough, Roll 3/8 inch thick. Bake in greased pan in hot oven. 30 biscuits.” You can try the recipe itself or enjoy the fine food served today at the J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continually operating restaurant west of the Mississippi. For more information, visit http://www.mostateparks.com/park/arrow-rock-state-historic-site.