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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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Bothwell Lodge has a lot of local history and insight into lodge living in the 1910-1930. The architectural details & family story are very interesting. The generator from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Sedalia, Missouri
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Sedalia, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Bothwell Lodge has a lot of local history and insight into lodge living in the 1910-1930. The architectural details & family story are very interesting. The generator from around 1917 was just about like the generator in my great-grandparents farmhouse which was built about the same time.

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is a must if you visit Sedalia. Beautiful grounds to take a hike and the house was interesting.

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Sedalia, Missouri
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The actual tour is not something you do every year but you must do it once. The history is amazing, a man ahead of his time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

A beautiful hotel where they stay true to the history of the building. The staff is wonderful and I highly recommend the restaurant there. Because of the age of the hotel, the rooms and even bathrooms may be on the smaller side for some visitors. I was travelling alone so I settled for a room with a double bed. The... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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82 reviews 82 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Took the tour of the Bothwell Lodge. The lodge retains most of the original furnishings. Our guide was very knowledgeable. He shared much of the history of the site and the people. It was a perfect time of year to visit with the leaves changing on the trees. If you are in the area and looking for something to do... More 

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Sedalia, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Just four miles north of Sedalia, Missouri, on Highway 65, you will discover a natural wonder called a Missouri State Park called "Bothwell Lodge". As a local residents, my wife and I often take our active Border Collie, "Bandit", for relaxing outings...walking the natural trails through dense forests, open fields, children's playgrounds, picnic benches & charcoal grills and tour the... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed the tour. A great way to get a look at life in an early time. Tour was pleasant and the tour guide was a joy.

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The lodge tour is something you have to do if you visit here. The house is very unique and looks untouched by time. There are walking trails all around the property that are sure to get you in shape. I love to go hiking here. There is a park with playground equipment for kids and picnic tables/shelters for family events.... More 

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Springfield, Missouri, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Unique turn of the century built home...one hour tour cost $4.00 but was will worth the cost...tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and had been there 7 years...answered every question.

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We visited on a Saturday, and took the 11:00 tour. Tours are $4 each, and leave on the hour. It was a really hot day, so the tour did not include the top floor, since the lodge is not air conditioned. Our tour guide (Emily, I think) did a great job of explaining everything. I highly recommend taking this tour.... More 

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