Interpretive Programs and Tours

at Hunter-Dawson 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.


chair and coffee table inside the home

Step back in time and learn what life was like for one wealthy family in southeast Missouri. Tour the Hunter-Dawson home, a 15-room antebellum mansion completed in 1860. Containing much of the family's original furniture, the mansion illustrates the grand lifestyle once enjoyed by one of southeast Missouri's families. Guided tours lasting approximately one hour are offered. For those who are unable to climb stairs, a book with photographs is available for viewing.

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): $3
Child (Ages 0-5): Free*

Group Rates:

Adults (18 and older): $4
Youth (Ages 6-17): $2.50
Child (Ages 0-5): Free*

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

Interpretive Programs

Interpretive programs are offered at the historic site for schools and groups. Off-site outreach programs are also offered. Please call 573-748-5340 for more information or to schedule your group.

Special Events

Special events that reflect the heritage of the past are held. Christmas Candlelight Tours are held in December. Other events include an 1860s Children's Day, an 1860s Fashion Show and Civil War Boot Camp.