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Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site

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Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site preserves a now-vanished part of Missouri: The stately Bootheel mansion. Filled with original pieces and furnished in the style it was in during its heydays of the 1860s-1880s, the ornate mansion provides a history lesson in every corner. In fact, most of the original furnishing purchased by Amanda Hunter, the house's first owner (with her husband William) are still in the house.

Park Hours

Tours:

  • March through November
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
  • December through February
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday

Park Office hours

  • March through November
    8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
    12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
    The historic site is closed Easter and Thanksgiving days.
  • December through February
    8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday
    The historic site is closed Christmas and New Year's days.
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.