October 11, 2016

Contact: Steph Deidrick

Halloween Storytelling at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site Oct. 14

Visitors are encouraged to stop at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site in Burfordville for Halloween Storytelling at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. Missouri State Parks will sponsor this free event featuring professional storyteller Marilyn Kinsella.


Since 1981, Marilyn Kinsella has been telling stories. She started while teaching school in the Metro-St. Louis area.  Her collection of stories has grown from a handful to hundreds of stories that include personal experiences, folk tales, literary stories and historical tales. For 16 years, she worked as the storyteller at the Edwardsville Public Library where she honed her skill as a storyteller and puppeteer. After her retirement in 2002, she has worked as a full-time, freelance professional storyteller. She now travels extensively telling her stories.

Please bring a lawn chair for seating. Refreshments will be provided. 

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. For more information, contact the site at 573-243-4591. Missouri State Parks is supported by the one-tenth of one-percent Parks, Soils and Water Sales Tax, which accounts for approximately 75 percent of the budget to repair, improve and maintain state parks and historic sites. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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