Lodge tours last approximately an hour and 15 minutes, and are limited to no more than eight participants per tour. The interior of the lodge is not heated or cooled, and is subject to outdoor temperatures. During the tour, participants must be able to negotiate the 200-plus stairs throughout the lodge. Tours are guided only; no self-guided tours are allowed.
With a commanding view from atop a bluff, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is one of the best representations of early 20th century sensibilities in the Midwest. Walk through the 31-room, 12,000-square-foot lodge built atop two natural caves by Sedalia lawyer John Homer Bothwell. You will marvel at the owner’s eclectic tastes and how a country gentleman furnished a recreational lodge for himself and his friends. Most of the furnishings in the house are original. The property also has a 3-mile hiking and mountain biking trail.