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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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  • Picture perfect location. You can tour the mill. Small gift shop. Perfect place to sit and enjoy the sight and sound 
  • 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 »
  • This mill was 90 miles from my house each way and well worth the drive. The mill is in a picturesque location, great for fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, or simply photographing the mill itself. 
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  • 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.
  • Great spot with fantastic views and courteous, knowledgeable guides. A total surprise on all that was there.
  • Park is open year round with privys, picnic areas and a playground. During the on-season (and Thurs-Sun in the off-season) you can actually tour the mill and general store. Lots of plaques and signs with history and information of the property all around and the scenery is beautiful. Well worth the trip.
  • This is a great place to spend the afternoon and have a picnic.
  • If you like picture puzzles of mills and mill ponds this is a must see destination. Breath taking views. The real thing. Worth the trip from anywhere.