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BOLLINGER MILL STATE HISTORIC SITE
BOLLINGER MILL STATE HISTORIC SITE
Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
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Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
© Copyright 2007-2010 Benjamin Prepelka All Rights Reserved

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Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
© Copyright 2007-2010 Benjamin Prepelka All Rights Reserved

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If you are intrigued by the mystique and lore of simpler times, then relive the days of yesteryear by a visit to Bollinger Mill State Historic Site. The 19th-century mill and its neighboring covered bridge offer a glimpse of now-rare Americana that once might have been expected around many turns in a Missouri road.

The present mill, dating to the Civil War period, is a massive four-story stone and brick building where visitors can still observe corn being ground into meal by water power - just as it was done long ago. The succession of three mills that have stood on this site represent more than 200 years of milling history. The Burfordville Covered Bridge standing alongside stretches its 140-foot span across the Whitewater River, which powers the mill. Begun in 1858, it is the oldest of only four remaining covered bridges in Missouri.

Whether you tour the mill, enjoy an outdoor lunch in the picnic grounds, or laze away an afternoon relaxing in the shadow of these two National Register of Historic Places structures, a visit to Bollinger Mill State Historic Site will be a pleasant reminder of a by-gone era.
Nature of the Area
During the winter of 2000, new exhibits and lighting were installed throughout the mill. The exhibits tell visitors how the process of milling has changed over the years and how those changes affected the mill.

The exhibits are designed to withstand the temperature and humidity extremes in the mill and even the flooding that sometimes affects the first floor.

From March through November, tours are given on demand during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. From December through February, tours are given on demand during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Special events are held which reflect the heritage of the past. The Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive takes place in April. The mill becomes the site for music, restored farm equipment and special tours. The bridge is open for vehicular traffic that weekend.

There are two special folk music concerts held in June and September, and a Halloween storytelling around a bonfire takes place in October.
Events
September 20
Informational Meeting
Meeting time: Noon
September 20
Fall Concert
Come to the historic site to enjoy a performance by Miss Crystal's Pretty Good String Band. Steve and Crystal Craig form the core of the band. Steve plays hammered dulcimer and clawhammer banjo and Crystal plays guitar and mountain dulcimer.

Steve has been performing for more years than he cares to admit, starting with the banjo at age 13. He currently works and teaches at a local music store. He especially loves the history and stories behind the music. Local schools have been using Steve for years to make history come alive at Missouri History Days and Civil War interactive learning programs.

Crystal teaches children with special needs. She uses music throughout the curriculum. The Craigs have been performing together with local musicians for the past 20 years.

Refreshments will be provided. Please bring a lawn chair for seating.

Concert time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

October 3
Build Your Own Scarecrow
Did you know that the ancient Egyptians used scarecrows? Or that the boogeyman was originally a scarecrow? Learn these and other fun facts about scarecrows as you build your own to take home. Twine and straw will be provided. Please bring old clothing, accessories and a pillow case for your scarecrow. This program is free. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please call 573-243-4591.

Event time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

October 16
Halloween Storytelling
This event will feature professional storyteller Marilyn Kinsella. Please bring a lawn chair for seating. Refreshments will be provided after the storytelling.

Since 1981, Marilyn Kinsella, from Fairview Heights, Ill, has been telling stories. She started while teaching school in the Metro-St. Louis area. Her collection of stories has grown from a handful to hundreds of stories that include personal experiences, folk tales, literary stories and historical tales. Her style has been described as "animated." She uses "word imaging" to color enhance the story.

For 16 years she worked as the storyteller at the Edwardsville Public Library, where she honed her skill as a storyteller and puppeteer. After her retirement in 2002, she has worked as a full-time, freelance professional storyteller. She now travels extensively telling her stories. Her main area for telling includes the St. Louis area and the southern Illinois region, but she has been known to tell stories "to the four corners."

"Storytelling is the embodiment of the wisdom, stories and experiences of my family, teachers, and storytellers. When inspired, these pieces come together to create a new story or workshop. My gift to others is the use of my stories and workshop ideas to take, reshape.call it their own.and pass it along. " Marilyn A. Kinsella

Event time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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Trail of Tears State Park

From St. Louis : Trail of Tears State Park is approximately two to two and one-half hours from the St. Louis area. Travel south on I-55 to Exit 105 (Fruitland/Jackson). Take Hwy. 61 north for approximately one mile. Turn right onto Hwy. 177 and continue for seven miles. At the four-way stop in front of the Proctor and Gamble Plant, turn right to stay on Hwy. 177. Continue on Hwy. 177 for another 2.8 miles. The entrance to the state park will be on the left right before the Hwy. 177/Route V intersection.

From Jefferson City : Trail of Tears State Park is approximately four hours from the Jefferson City area. Travel east on U.S. Hwy. 50 until it ends at I-44 (just past Union). Take I-44 east to Hwy. 141; proceed south to I-55. Take I-55 south Exit 105 (Fruitland/Jackson). Travel north on Hwy. 61 for approximately one mile. Turn right onto Hwy. 177 and continue for seven miles. At the four-way stop in front of the Proctor and Gamble Plant, turn right to stay on Hwy. 177. Continue on Hwy. 177 for another 2.8 miles. The entrance to the state park will be on the left right before the Hwy. 177/Route V intersection.

From Springfield/Joplin : Trail of Tears State Park is approximately five hours from the Springfield area. Travel east on I-44 to U.S. Hwy. 65. Take U.S. Hwy. 64 south to U.S. Hwy. 60. Travel east on U.S. Hwy. 60 to I-55 near Miner. Take I-55 north to Exit 105 (Fruitland/Jackson). Travel north on Hwy. 61 for approximately one mile. Turn right onto Hwy. 177 and continue for seven miles. At the four-way stop in front of the Proctor and Gamble Plant, turn right to stay on Hwy. 177. Continue on Hwy. 177 for another 2.8 miles. The entrance to the state park will be on the left right before the Hwy. 177/Route V intersection.

From Carbondale, Ill. : Trail of Tears State Park is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes from Carbondale, Ill. Travel south on U.S. Hwy. 51 to IL 146. Stay on IL 146 as it becomes Hwy. 34/74. Turn right onto Hwy. 177 and continue for 12.3 miles. At the stop sign at the junction of Hwy. 177 and Route V, turn right to stay on Hwy. 177. The entrance to the state park will be on the right almost immediately after turning onto Hwy. 177.

From Memphis, HTTC [;doer Trail of Tears State Park is approximately three and one-half hours from Memphis. Travel west on I-40 to I-55. Take Exit 277 toward Blytheville/Jonesboro and merge onto I-55 heading north. Continue on I-55 for 170 miles to Exit 105 (Fruitland/Jackson). Travel north on Hwy. 61 for approximately one mile. Turn right onto Hwy. 177 and continue for seven miles. At the four-way stop in front of the Proctor and Gamble Plant, turn right to stay on Hwy. 177. Continue on Hwy. 177 for another 2.8 miles. The entrance to the state park will be on the left right before the Hwy. 177/Route V intersection.
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Directions
From St. Louis:

Travel south on I-55 to Exit 99 (Cape Girardeau/Jackson). At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right toward Jackson. Travel 7.4 miles, through Jackson, leaving the west end of town on Hwy. 34/Hwy. 72. Turn left onto Hwy. 34 and continue five miles to Route OO where you will turn left. Travel .4 mile through the town of Burfordville to the historic site. Route OO becomes Route HH in Burfordville; do not take Route OO out of town before you reach the mill.

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