Historic Site Tours

at Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site - Temporarily Closed

Out of caution, all planned group tours or school groups, including tours at the Missouri state Capitol, are suspended through April 30 in order to avoid large congregations of people in confined areas. In addition, all indoor guided tours, including tours of historic buildings and caves are suspended through April 30. Self-guided tours of visitor centers, museums and nature centers remain open at this time.

Visit the Mill, House and Museum

a weaving machine inside the millVisitors may tour the fully equipped 1860 woolen mill and gristmill, the Watkins 1850 Classic Revival style house, and a number of outbuildings, including the summer kitchen, smokehouse, icehouse and fruit dry house. The Living History Program features an heirloom garden and minor breeds livestock.

Tours are temporarily suspended now through April 30.

Tour Fees:

Fees include tax. Qualified tax-exempt organizations MUST provide a copy of a tax exempt certificate at the time of payment.

Adults (18 and older): $5
Youth (Ages 6-17): $4
Child (Ages 0-5): Free*

Group Rates:

Adults (18 and older): $4
Youth (Ages 6-17): $3
Child (Ages 0-5): Free*

*Children under the age of 6 are admitted free with a paid adult.

Visitor Center/Museum

The visitor center and museum features exhibits on the Watkins family, Watkins' Bethany farm, the woolen mill and the impact of industrialization on every day life in the 19th century. The facility office is located in the visitors center, as is the Mill Store gift shop.

A short distance away, the 1856 Franklin Academy and 1871 Mt. Vernon Church are located along the old state highway that also ran by the woolen mill.