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Watkins Mill State Park, Lawson

#35 of 117 in Historic Sites in Missouri
Must see · State Park · Historic Site
Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site consists of a 1,500-acre park including recreational facilities and the historic site grounds. The park offers a campground (99 sites), picnic areas, a small lake (fishing, boating and swimming), a youth camping area, a 3.75-mile paved hiking and bicycling trail and an equestrian trail. The historic site grounds contain the visitor center, museum, the 1861 woolen mill, the 1850s Watkins family home, the 1856 Franklin Academy and the 1871 Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

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  • i made a simple trip overnite to swim and bask in the sun... but the beach is only open Memorial Day thru Labor Day. instead i explored the area by car - SO much bigger than i remembered when i 1st...  more »
  • The museum was free and featured many historical artifacts. The video showed the history of Watkins, the mill, and what 19th century Missouri life was like. The tour of the mill and house were closed....  more »
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