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Address: 19349 Bothwell State Park Rd, Sedalia, MO 65301
Phone Number: 660-827-0510
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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 great historic site. A wonderful place to walk trails and have a picnic. Awesome photo opportunities for Fall, Spring, and Summer.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2015
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Estes Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

A great historic site. A wonderful place to walk trails and have a picnic. Awesome photo opportunities for Fall, Spring, and Summer.

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Rocheport, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Great site. State has spent this money worthwhile. Interesting "castle" with period furnishings. I don't think guided tours are available (at least when I was there) and would be a valuable addition.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The surroundings are gorgeous and perfect for a picnic and day out with the kids - especially when the leaves are turning colors. You'll be taken back at how small the rooms really are, but it's worth the look-see.

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Cuba, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The Bothwell Lodge is the home of John Bothwell and is a very interesting historic site. Highly recommend looking at their website for open hours and take a tour if you are in the area. You won't be disappointed you stopped......

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North Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This was my second time touring the lodge. I enjoy architecture and knowing the history behind such a stunning building makes it so much better.. Plus the tour only costs $4.00. I highly recommend taking the hour to stop and enjoy such an interesting structure and the beautiful grounds surrounding it.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

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 9, 2015 via mobile

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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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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