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Dillard Mill State Historic Site, Davisville

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The Dillard Mill State Historic Site is a privately owned, state-administered property on Huzzah Creek in Crawford County, Missouri that preserves a water-powered gristmill. The 132acre site has been operated as a state historic site by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under a lease agreement with the L-A-D Foundation since 1975. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.HistoryA mill was built on Huzzah Creek in 1853 by Francis Wisdom and it was known as the Wisdom Mill. It was destroyed by fire in 1895. The property changed hands, and a new mill, the Mische Mill, was built in 1908. The Mische Mill used an underwater turbine rather than the old waterwheel, and the owners altered the course of the stream and the bluff at the site. The mill was in operation until 1956. It was renamed the Dillard Mill in 1975 when the state took over management of the property. It was dedicated as a historic site in 1977. Restoration of the mill was completed in 1980.
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  • On our quest to complete our Centennial Passport for 2017, we visited Dillard Mill Historic Site in Davisville. Our mapquest directions were accurate and although it is out in the country, we found it...  more »
  • Picture perfect location. You can tour the mill. Small gift shop. Perfect place to sit and enjoy the sight and sound  more »
  • We have two teenagers and two little ones. This was very neat for all. It isn't elaborate or fancy. Just an old mill, beautiful scenery and a play place for the little ones. Nice place to picnic and t...  more »
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  • What a surprise to find this Mill so well preserved and in perfect working condition. Our guide, Nancy, was knowledgeable and friendly. Such a beautiful piece of history that is definitely worth a visit.
  • Administrator is very knowledgable re: history and her team goes the second mile in hospitality. It is an awesome experience in terms of natural and Missouri history.
  • Very cool place unfortunately we couldn't do the hike though
  • Knowledgeable and personable guides. Pristine and picture perfect area. I've seen at least 10 grain mills in the last 60 years but none with all the machinery inside. This is worth a trip.
  • The views and the tour of the mill were awesome!