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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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Historic landmark

Former home of local businessman. Many original furnishings, Informative guided tours. Interesting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
665michaeljohnson
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Sedalia, Missouri
The Great Outdoors

There are multiple areas to hike, picnic, beautiful views, and the Lodge it's self to tour for a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
E7855OXlisac
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Sedalia, Missouri
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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)
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19349 Bothwell State Park Rd, Sedalia, MO 65301-0085
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Former home of local businessman. Many original furnishings, Informative guided tours. Interesting architecture. First hand look at a former time.

Thank 665michaeljohnson
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are multiple areas to hike, picnic, beautiful views, and the Lodge it's self to tour for a very reasonable price. There is also a playground and shelter area in the park. It's also a wonderful place for family photos.

Thank E7855OXlisac
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

My family found this very interesting. After touring a number of historic homes, they can all start to seem very similar. Bothwell Lodge stands out--built over a cave, hidden safes and secret drawers, built from limestone quarried on site--this place is truly unique. The tour...More

Thank Aaron M
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

Lots of great views from the hill for sure. It's a nice little drive off of highway 65, but worth the view now that the trees have lost their leaves A good bit of history there and you can take a tour of the home...More

Thank Bernardo F
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

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
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

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

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Reviewed 29 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
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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
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Reviewed 12 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
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Reviewed 12 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 Danell U
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Kaolin P
1 September 2016|
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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.
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Wayne R
12 October 2015|
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Response from taxmanken | Reviewed this property |
Open 10-4 on Sat Oct 31
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