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Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

19349 Bothwell State Park Rd, Sedalia, MO 65301
660 827 0510
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Sedalia
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Bothwell Lodge holds so much history. When you arrive, you will watch a short video about the property, how it was purchased and developed, and then you will take a tour of the "castle" on the rock. It was built with a social life in mind, and entertaining was the owner's pride and joy, but he was a rustic man,... More

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Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

After staying in the hotel, we definitely wanted to see the lodge, but once we got there, we were not impressed enough to wait 45 minutes for the next tour. Your mileage may vary.

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Sedalia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The lodge is a icon in the pettis county area. It sits high on a bluff. Tours during weekends during the summer months. The grounds are open until sundown. Walking trails, playground and picnic area.

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Joplin, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We enjoyed this very much. But dress warm as its not heated. Our tour guide did a fantastic job. The grounds would be a great place for family picnic so we plan to return in warmer weather.

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Sedalia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

A step back into local history, while John Bothwell lived he made this home his residence. Mr. Bothwell was an influential lawyer that accomplished many philanthropic gestures for the greater Sedalia Area. Plan to visit in the fall when the foiage is full color to enjoy the many views and porches on this fine old home. A short inexpensive tour... More

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Mountain View, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We had seen the Bothwell Lodge high on the bluff overlooking U. S. Highway 65 several times, and we were very pleased when we took the time to tour the "country home" of Sedalia banker, John Bothwell. The park is operated as a State Historic Site and the staff is knowledgeable and helpful. There is a modest charge to tour... More

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