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“Great step back in time”

Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
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Owner description: Travel back to simpler days when business in Missouri was about the rushing of a stream over a dam and bridges were covered. Visitors to Bollinger Mill State Historic Site can tour the massive four-story mill that dates to the Civil War era and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Or they can stroll through the Burfordville Covered Bridge, one of just four covered bridges that remain in Missouri. The site’s rustic setting offers ample picnicking and exploration opportunities along the Whitewater River.
Reviewed January 29, 2014

Bollinger Mill and covered bridge are a must see. The history in both structures takes you back in time. The park adjacent is well kept and has the history of both are detailed on billboards. This covered bridge is the oldest in Missouri and the only one of its kind left in the state. Easy to find, just outside of Cape Girardeau, MO.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013

We visited Bollinger Mill and Burfordville Covered Bridge with Friends, and loved it. We all took the Mill tour, went up 5 stories, and saw all of the original equipment used to mill flour, cornmeal, etc, then walked through the Covered Bridge and back. Lots of history in one stop.

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Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is a location in Southeast Missouri that everyone should make the drive to see. Coming to visit here is like taking a step back in time. It looks like everything is just as it would have been during the days when a mill like this was in use. This place is a bit out of the way, but the drive there is scenic and the end result is more than worth the trek. I would recommend this trip for anyone who has an interest in history, agriculture, architecture, or just a fun road trip. You should definitely mark this trip down on your "To Go To" list.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

I grew up in Southeast Missouri & yet I had never been to Bollinger Mill. I understand this is the only location in the United States that has a grist mill & a covered bridge right next to each other, so there's that. As a photographer I was really excited when I saw this. You can cross the covered bridge & get a shot on the other side of the bridge, the grist mill & the river. It's just a really special place & well worth a little drive off the beaten path. Coming through on I-55 through Cape Girardeau, MO, it is just a short 20 minute drive & you are there. The staff was friendly & helpful & you can visit the whole site, including the Mill House at no charge. Because a big rain storm blew up whilst we were there, we didn't get to go exploring, but I still give the site a big THUMBS UP.

Thank Shirlee2u
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We love this spot, and always visit on our annual trip to Missouri. It is so peaceful here. Entering the beautifully preserved old mill is walking into another era. You may be greeted by Milly the cat as you explore. Tall trees shade the grassy picnic spot outside. Next door is a covered bridge you may walk across, and beyond an old white house now a friendly antique shop. Bring your camera!

Thank AZrover41
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