Dillard Mill State Historic Site, Davisville

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#59 of 68 in Historic Sites in Missouri
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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  • July 2, 2017
    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 »
  • April 18, 2017
    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 »
  • August 14, 2016
    Picture perfect location. You can tour the mill. Small gift shop. Perfect place to sit and enjoy the sight and sound  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    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.
  • February 22, 2017
    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.
  • April 24, 2017
    Very cool place unfortunately we couldn't do the hike though
  • September 7, 2016
    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.
  • February 25, 2017
    The views and the tour of the mill were awesome!

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