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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 2 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Interesting historical tour of the home built by John Bothwell, a name prominent in Sedalia. Tour guides are very knowledgeable of the home and area, as well as Bothwell's personal history. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Bothwell was a generous philanthropist to the Sedalia area, while personally very frugal. Take the time to tour this magnificent home--you'll be... More

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Lancaster, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

While handling some banking business in downtown Sedalia, a teller casually mentioned how nice the Bothwell Lodge is and recommended we take time to visit. Well, nice was an understatement. We were so surprised at the beauty of the grounds and the lodge. The Bothwells were very prominent citizens of Sedalia and also had a hotel in downtown. The home... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We travelled to the site when it was about 100 degrees outside - we plan on going again in the fall or spring to hike the trails on the property. On this visit we only toured the home. It was inexpensive and very interesting. Our guide did a great job trying to relate to our children. The house is beautiful... More

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

What a treasure. What history. A great attraction. Thank you John Bothwell for building it. Thank you State of MO for maintaining it and keeping it open. Reminded me a lot of the Stanley in Estes Park. Built to have a special place to go and bring along some friends. It was very interesting to learn about a man who... More

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