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Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

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Address: 19349 Bothwell State Park Rd, Sedalia, MO 65301
Phone Number: 660-827-0510
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Description: With a commanding view from atop a bluff, Bothwell Lodge State Historic...
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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A wonderful Sunday Visit

A very relaxing but yet hot visit. No AC in the lodge so be prepred when you visit the top rooms. A beautiful place and full of neat quirks such as secret passageways and secret... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Columbia, Missouri
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A very relaxing but yet hot visit. No AC in the lodge so be prepred when you visit the top rooms. A beautiful place and full of neat quirks such as secret passageways and secret hidden compartments in room. Bothwell was quite the man. Matt, (MattMan) our tour guide was awesome. You could tell he really loves telling people about... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful property and building, definitely worth a visit. The view from the porch is good. Too bad the highway is there or it would be even more peaceful.

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I'm probably very biased ... My family has a farm a few miles from it, so as a child I always referred to it as the castle on the hill. We tend to visit Missouri in the summer heat, so I tend to try to figure out how to avoid the afternoon heat and humidity. It's a great shady area... More 

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Sedalia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We love to just drive to bothwell lodge for pictures in the fall. It is such a beautiful place. They have a walking trail and a scenic over look by the mansion. You can an also take a tour of the house too. It was really neat. They haveca park and picnic area as well.

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Central Pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a very interesting home built by a very interesting gentleman. The view from the lodge is fantastic and the unusual features of the lodge are worth the trip.

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Auburn, Alabama, United States
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We took our group of 20 on a tour and enjoyed it very much. The reservation staffed had warned us ahead of time about the numerous stairs to climb, no air conditioning, and bathroom facilities only in the parking area so we were prepared. The tour was very informative and gave a great historic look into John Bothwell's life and... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Had a perfect picnic at the site. There are lots of picnic tables and many with shelter houses. There are outdoor sports to play: a soccer field and a bad mitten or volleyball net There are a couple of really fun and easy hiking trails. Trails need work there is a fallen tree right in the middle of one and... More 

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Bates City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

After living in Missouri all my life I decided it was finally time to visit this attraction. I was no disappointed. The Missouri DNR manages the lodge which is open to the public and conducts tours. The tours are about 45 min. in length. There is no air conditioning in the house and there are approximately 200 stairs to navigate... More 

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Bunratty, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Gorgeous landscapes and charming story surrounding this historic property. Tour was like $3 and worth it. Only warning is to watch your noggin if you are over 5'8".

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Monett, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This place is fascinating, from the decor to the hidden passages to the cave used for cooling things. I've learned something new each time I've been there, and it never gets old. One of my favorite places, growing up.

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Additional Information about Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

Address: 19349 Bothwell State Park Rd, Sedalia, MO 65301
Phone Number: 660-827-0510
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Sedalia

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