Learn about rural life in the 1870s at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site

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Volume 37-345 For Immediate Release: Sept. 18, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Celebrate the harvest season at the "Fall on the Farm" event Saturday, Oct. 3, at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site in Lawson. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Revisit days gone by at the historic Watkins Mill and Bethany Farm. Visitors can join costumed interpreters as they demonstrate life in the 1870s. Activities throughout the day will include shearing sheep, shelling corn, using a cider press, splitting rails for a fence, and cooking on a wood stove. For the children, there will be toy making, Victorian children's games and rag doll making. Tours of the mill will be available for a fee, which is $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for age six to 12. Tours of Mt. Vernon Church and Franklin School will be free of charge.

Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site preserves 1,500 acres dedicated to interpreting Bethany Plantation, the 19th century landholdings of Waltus Locket Watkins. The site features Watkins woolen mill, the Watkins home and outbuildings, a visitor center, a 100-acre lake, a campground, picnic areas and a paved bicycle trail. The historic site is located six miles east of Kearney on Highway 92.

For more information, contact the historic 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 www.mostateparks.com.