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Sedalia - Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

19349 Bothwell State Park Road

With a commanding view from atop a bluff, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is one of the best representations of early 20th Century sensibilities in the Midwest. Walk through the 31-room, 12,000-square-foot lodge built atop two natural caves by Sedalia lawyer John Homer Bothwell. You will marvel at the owner’s eclectic tastes and how a country gentlemen furnished a recreational lodge for himself and his friends. Most of the furnishings in the house are original, and the property also has a three-mile hiking and mountain biking trail.


B Johns

Monday, July 31, 2017
We really enjoyed our tour of the Bothwell Lodge. The guide, Emma, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The preview film gave a nice overview of it's history. The lodge is so interesting. There are a lot of stairs, so be warned! I think it is appropriate for older children on up to tour (smaller children may want to touch things they aren't supposed to). We thought the $4 admission fee was WELL worth it. Thanks, Emma!

Christy Franco

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017
My husband and I wanted to do a tour of the beautiful home today. We get there and everything is locked when it should be open. I see a lady walk around inside who also saw us but didn't unlock the door. So we decide to just walk around the outside. As we are walking we see her sneak out the back. She didn't even say hello until my husband said hello and she locked the door and walked away. No how can I help you? I'm running to the restroom (which is where we saw her walk to) and I'll be right back to help you. Nothing! So we walk to our car out of disappointment. As we are walking back she passes us but doesn't even say a word. In my opinion when you work customer service or you're a tour guide you should approach individuals and ask how you can help them. Especially when we are the only ones there customer wise. I guess she felt the need to be paid but not do her job. I'm disappointed. It's a cold wet and rainy day and she couldn't even ask us if we were wanting a tour when we were obviously there for one and it was cold and wet outside. Definitely a disappointment.

Christian Haase

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Fun, interesting, and a great piece of history. Lots to see and the tour is truly interesting. Perfect for a short visit.

Brian Mcpherson

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017
Very beautiful park and worth the short drive, just make sure you check the times before venturing out, it was closed when we arrived. You could walk around the lodge and park grounds, but the lodge was locked up and there were no tours.

Jenny Cordes

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
Nice historic tour, overlooking a beautiful cliff. Has several hiking trails, playground, picnic & bbq area. Also show free movies outside 2x a year.

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