Watch a historic baseball game June 20 at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site

Warpers Will Take On the Bluestockings

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Volume 37-162 For Immediate Release: June 15, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Take the family out to an 1870s game of baseball on Saturday, June 20, at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site near Lawson.  Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the match will begin at 1 p.m. on the grounds located by the Mt. Vernon church and Franklin Academy school.  This event is free and open to the public. 

The game will feature the Watkins Mill Warpers against the Walnut Hill Bluestockings of Iowa.  The teams will play seven innings by 1870s rules.  You can try your hand at playing after the match ends. Mt. Vernon and the Franklin Academy will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. for the public to tour. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during the game. Parking will be available at the church/school parking lot.   

Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site, which interprets the 19th century Bethany Plantation of Waltus Watkins, is located off of Interstate 35, six miles east on Highway 92 and one mile north on Route RA.  For more information, contact the site at 816-580-3387 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).  For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at