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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  • This is out of the way, but a delightful place to stop if you're in this part of Missouri. The mill, built in the early 1900s, is in full working order and if you're fortunate the machinery will be op...  more »
  • This mill is off the beaten path, not far from a number of state parks and the St. Francois Mountains in southeast Missouri. It's accessible by country roads that wind through the Mark Twain National ...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Oh my what an exciting visit! The park ranger actually ran the mill for us! She was very informative and took time explaining all the workings for us! Thank you!
  • 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.
  • Great place to go hike, take photos, relax, and check out the old mill.
  • 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

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