News Release 077

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site participates in Mississippi River scenic driving tour

Volume 39-077 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Make sure to stop at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site in Burfordville while participating in the annual Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive on April 28-29. Missouri State Parks will sponsor special activities at the historic site both days and the public is invited to attend.
Visitors can enjoy the 19th century gristmill and the oldest covered bridge in the state of Missouri. Free tours of the mill will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Blacksmither John Abernathy will demonstrate his trade in the day-use area. Visitors can bring a picnic lunch and make it a day filled with fun and history.

The Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive is a regional driving tour that includes a stop in Burfordville. The scenic drive is an invitation from the rural communities of southeast Missouri to join them as they celebrate spring with good food, festivals, folk music, dancing, crafts, living history events, camping, scenic vistas and much more.

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is the site of a Civil War-era mill where visitors can learn how corn and wheat were ground into meal and flour by water power, just as it was done long ago. Burfordville Covered Bridge, the oldest of the four remaining covered bridges in the state, was built in 1858 and stretches 140 feet across the Whitewater River, which powers the mill.

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is located at 113 Bollinger Mill Road in Burfordville. To reach the site, take Highway 34 to Highway OO to Highway HH in Cape Girardeau County. For more information, contact the site at 573-243-4591. For information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.