Historic Site Tours

at Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site

State park and historic site day-use areas, lodging, campgrounds, boat ramps and trails continue to operate under normal off-season hours. Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing and protect visitors, volunteers and staff, including the closure of visitor centers, nature centers, offices and museums. The latest information from Missouri State Parks on COVID-19 can be found here. A full list of temporary closures can be found here.

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.

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 visitor 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.