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Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

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Address: 19349 Bothwell State Park Rd, Sedalia, MO 65301-0085
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+1 660-827-0510

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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For years we've driven past this mansion & have wanted to tour it but never felt like we had the time. This past fall we finally did & it was so worth it. We had a guide with us... read more

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Appleton City, Missouri
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Appleton City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For years we've driven past this mansion & have wanted to tour it but never felt like we had the time. This past fall we finally did & it was so worth it. We had a guide with us who was very informative & we were able to spend as much time as we liked in each part of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Bothwell Lodge is an impressive sight from the road but the real wonders are inside. The admission per adult for the Bothwell Lodge tour is only $4 and you receive a fairly exhaustive 50-minute guide through almost all of the lodge from top to near bottom (the cave is unfortunately off limits). Our guide, Missy, was very knowledgeable and made... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The Lodge is very close to Route 65. Southbound you will probably miss seeing it due to the way it is situated on a bluff, but northbound it is seen majestically perched on the bluff. $4 per adult for a guided tour of the inside was well worth it. Tours are given at the top of the hour and are... More 

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Peoria, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The Bothwell Lodge is outside Sedalia, built on a beautiful bluff. It is a large, rambling house built by a rich Sedalia lawyer and businessman . It is furnished with a lot of the originak furniture and artwork. Our docent was informed and pleasant. If you like history and homes, you will enjoy this hour tour. There are also walking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful home!! Fun stop!! Very friendly guide!! Doors will be locked until time of tour!! Tour starts every hour on the hour!! It was a great history and story line of 1920!! We throughly enjoyed it!! Totally worth wait if you arrive early!! A little treasure off the highway!!

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

What a beautiful location. I see why John Bothwell bought the land on the cliff to build his home. Take the time to take the tour. It is well worth the price and the guides are very knowledgeable. Most of the furnishings are original and you can imagine the family and friends playing cards in the game room or Mr.... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

If you are in the area, the tour of the lodge is great. Very interesting & well worth the cost. Great history.

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Sedalia, Mo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

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

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