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Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

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

Very interesting and enjoyable tour. Tour guide was very enthusiastic and informative. House was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mike B
Saint Peters, Missouri
Cool old stone house

We drove 5 miles north of town and almost missed the right hand turn to this place, marked by small... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dennis M
Iowa, United States
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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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“picnic area” (4 reviews)
“generous man” (2 reviews)
“local history” (4 reviews)
19349 Bothwell State Park Rd, Sedalia, MO 65301-0085
+1 660-827-0510
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting and enjoyable tour. Tour guide was very enthusiastic and informative. House was not that big looking when you arrive in parking lot, but the inside is huge. Well worth the $4 cost of the tour.

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove 5 miles north of town and almost missed the right hand turn to this place, marked by small brown sign. This is a state park, with expansive grounds. The house sits on the edge of a bluff with long views to south and...More

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 30 August 2017

this historic lodge has always fascinated me all my life. this is a great house to be built in the early 1900's the owner was a very important figure for Sedalia and Missouri worth the time to visit

Thank William W
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Must see. Takes about an hour to tour. Great staff. Built on a cliff by John Bothwell. The grounds are well maintained with picnic areas. Nice way to spend time on a Saturday afternoon.

Thank Coachjks
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Located high above Sedalia, this home is amazing & the tour is well worth every penny! Take time to hike through the property--there's a neat hiking trail that leads to interesting stone structures. Very scenic & love all the history of this generous man, Mr....More

Thank kaw07
Reviewed 13 June 2017

I wanted to stop here to break up the long I-70 haul and because of all the great reviews. However, we found it to be only mildly interesting. Our guide didn't seem real interested in it either. It was kind of cool how many rooms...More

Thank tdugp
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Amazing tour of the house and grounds. Beautiful views from the porches. A great educational staff and gift shop movie about the man and the house

Thank Jay S
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This clean and historic park is just minutes north of Sedalia on 65 highway. It is always kept clean and well-mowed. There are hiking trails through beautiful wooded scenery, an excellent picnic and park area that is great for the kids, and a beautiful historic...More

Thank Doug T
Reviewed 4 May 2017

I have been to Sedalia, MO numerous times and always wanted to see the 'mansion on the hill'. My fiancee and I finally checked this off the 'bucket list' and was very pleased with the tour. The group was small so it was like a...More

Thank Chulee49
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

We decided to visit Bothwell on a whim with our three young girls and my mother visiting from out of state. The Bothwell house is fairly interesting, the history behind it is intriguing but the tour can't be missed. We had a blast exploring the...More

Thank jesmarie0703
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Kaolin P
1 September 2016|
Response from Vancamper | Reviewed this property |
There is a small fee per person but I don't recall how much. Staff are present to give tours. No need to schedule a tour in advance.
Wayne R
12 October 2015|
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Response from taxmanken | Reviewed this property |
Open 10-4 on Sat Oct 31