This fully equipped mid-19th century woolen mill gives visitors a glimpse into a successful farm business.


Jan-Feb: Grounds open Mon-Sat 9:30 am-4:30 pm; Sun 10:30 am-4:30 pm. Tours offered Fri-Sun only.
Mar: Mon-Sat 9:30 am–4:30 pm; Sun 10:30 am–4:30 pm. Tours daily.
Apr-Oct: Mon-Sat 9:30 am–5 pm; Sun 10:30 am–5 pm. Tours daily.
Nov: Mon-Sat 9:30 am–4:30 pm; Sun 10:30 am–4:30 pm. Tours daily.

Contact Information

26600 Park Rd N
Lawson, MO 64062
Phone: 816-580-8939

Location Type

Living History
Historic Home
Interpretive Signs
Natural Area

Site Info

AC / Heating
Group Tours
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

Stepping on to the grounds of Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site is like stepping into 19th century pastorale. Many of the buildings that Waltus Watkins spent half a century building–including an elegant home and a three-story woolen mill–have been preserved to give visitors a sense of life in the 1870s.

The mill is the only 19th century textile mill in the United States with its original machinery still intact. The site's visitor center offers an introduction to the Watkins family and their many business ventures.

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