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Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

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Address: 19349 Bothwell State Park Rd, Sedalia, MO 65301-0085
Phone Number: 660-827-0510

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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This is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Missouri it looks like a castle John bothwell built it to look like one from England there are trails to walk on beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sedalia, Mo
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Sedalia, Mo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Missouri it looks like a castle John bothwell built it to look like one from England there are trails to walk on beautiful trees to see in the fall and they tell you about the history of bothwell lodge

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Sedalia for an overnight motorcycle ride and happened to stay at the Bothwell Hotel. This was a very scenic location that would have been even better if there was not the drone of highway 65 traffic in the background. You could imagine the tranquil settings back when the lodge was built. The $4 admission was a great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

The Bothwell Lodge State is both a fun historic site and a large grounds with many groom hiking trails.

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St Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

A beautiful setting for this beautiful home - tour was very professional - lots of stairs so be prepared. There is a good 10 minute movie about Mr. Bothwell and the property. Take time to watch it. We enjoyed the visit very much.

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Lone Jack, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Learned a lot about the Bothwell family and how much they contributed! I took my daughter 5, niece 11 and nephew 15 they all liked it! On a side note we did come across some Cottonmouth snakes but, we reported and the Rangers where out taking care of it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

My maiden name is Bothwell, I've visited the Castle many times and took the tour many times, it is a very accurate account of John Homer's life, My family has studied our family tree and I never tire of going to the park, castle and just walking the grounds. Where my ancestor walked, He was quite the chadecter . If... More 

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Sedalia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

For those that like to hike there are several trails to explore, also a park area and the historical home to tour. The house being built on the edge of a cliff overlooking the valley.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

Marisa was our tour guide of the Bothwell Lodge. It was very interesting and there were great stories to go along with the tour. The mansion has been well preserved. Mr Bothwell left quite a legacy and I'm thankful that the state is preserving it. It was too chilly when we were there but there were trails that would have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

The Lodge is easily visible from northbound Hwy 65 but can be missed if traveling southbound. The story of Mr. Bothwell's life and how the lodge evolved is very interesting. Reminds me of a national park lodge, only smaller. The design and décor is very unique without being extravagant. I really enjoy learning about the personal touch that went into... More 

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Sedalia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

The Mansion is very pleasant. Lived in the area for years before I decided to take a look. Everything is well preserved and the tour guides give a lot of good information and background. It is much smaller than it looks, but still really neat to walk through.

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