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Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

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Address: 19349 Bothwell State Park Rd, Sedalia, MO 65301-0085
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+1 660-827-0510

With a commanding view from atop a bluff, Bothwell Lodge State Historic...

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.

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Interesting Historical Home and Park

If you like history and need a day outside, this is the place for you. Take a tour of the Bothwell Lodge, hike, picnic, kids toys etc.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Sedalia, Missouri
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Sedalia, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like history and need a day outside, this is the place for you. Take a tour of the Bothwell Lodge, hike, picnic, kids toys etc.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here many times and alot of local history here .. for this area would be a good seee but not a must see..

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We set out on a beautiful, unusually warm Saturday and this was our first stop! With tons of visitors in the parking lot we were disappointed to discover it closed due to staff illness. Not sure it was a temporary close from the sign. To bad website didn't give an indication of this situation. May try again someday.

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Deer Lodge, Montana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This is an insight into a different time period in Missouri's history. Lots of little details makes it a worthwhile visit. It was originally Stonyridge Farm and the area shows you why. There are some hiking areas around the lodge that are pretty. Some are very challenging and can be done on mountain bikes. The lodge has 31 rooms and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

We enjoy touring old historic homes, but this one takes the cake. You can tell this place was built by a man with no womans' touch. The home was built in three stages, and it shows. The woodwork and stonework are amazing, but it is like a maze...which is fun, don't get me wrong...200 steps in this house! Every corner... More 

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Appleton City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

For years we've driven past this mansion & have wanted to tour it but never felt like we had the time. This past fall we finally did & it was so worth it. We had a guide with us who was very informative & we were able to spend as much time as we liked in each part of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Bothwell Lodge is an impressive sight from the road but the real wonders are inside. The admission per adult for the Bothwell Lodge tour is only $4 and you receive a fairly exhaustive 50-minute guide through almost all of the lodge from top to near bottom (the cave is unfortunately off limits). Our guide, Missy, was very knowledgeable and made... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The Lodge is very close to Route 65. Southbound you will probably miss seeing it due to the way it is situated on a bluff, but northbound it is seen majestically perched on the bluff. $4 per adult for a guided tour of the inside was well worth it. Tours are given at the top of the hour and are... More 

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Peoria, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The Bothwell Lodge is outside Sedalia, built on a beautiful bluff. It is a large, rambling house built by a rich Sedalia lawyer and businessman . It is furnished with a lot of the originak furniture and artwork. Our docent was informed and pleasant. If you like history and homes, you will enjoy this hour tour. There are also walking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful home!! Fun stop!! Very friendly guide!! Doors will be locked until time of tour!! Tour starts every hour on the hour!! It was a great history and story line of 1920!! We throughly enjoyed it!! Totally worth wait if you arrive early!! A little treasure off the highway!!

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