As of Wednesday, June 10, 2020, Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site visitor center, museum and office are open for the public with recommended safety precautions and social distancing measures in place. Museum hours include 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The historic site grounds are open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday. For more information on the health and safety measures in place, visit https://mostateparks.com/response.
Stepping on to the grounds of Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site is like stepping into 19th century pastorale. Many of the buildings that Waltus Watkins spent half a century building – including an elegant home and a three-story woolen mill – have been preserved to give visitors a sense of life in the 1870s. The mill is the only 19th century textile mill in the United States with its original machinery still intact. The site's visitor center offers an introduction to the Watkins family and their many business ventures.