Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, Burfordville

The Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is a state-owned property preserving a mill and covered bridge that pre-date the American Civil War in Burfordville, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. The park was established in 1967 and offers mill tours and picnicking. It is managed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Mill historyIn 1797, George Frederick Bollinger received a land grant from the Spanish Government and moved with several other families from North Carolina to what is now Burfordville, Missouri. In 1800, Bollinger began building a log dam and mill on the Whitewater River. In 1825, Bollinger rebuilt the mill and dam using limestone. After Bollinger’s death in 1842, his daughter Sarah Daugherty and her sons continued to operate the mill until the Civil War, when the mill was burned by the Union army in order to prevent the supply of flour and meal to the Confederate army. Following the war, the mill site was sold to Solomon R. Burford. The current four-story brick mill was completed by Burford in 1867 and is built upon the limestone foundation of the 1825 building. Burford owned the mill until 1897, when the Cape County Milling Company took over operations and continued operating the mill until 1953 when the mill was sold to the Vandivort family, relatives of George Bollinger. The mill was donated to the Cape Girardeau County Historical Society in 1961 and to the State of Missouri in 1967. Three years later, the mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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  • Within our region, this is one of the few examples of the mill & covered bridge combination that was once widely spread across regions where watersheds emptied into the Mississippi River. Both the...  more »
  • The old mill dates back to the civil war period. The covered bridge is only one of four remaining in the state. There are several places in the park for picnics. Have a seat on a park bench to view...  more »
  • Got here too late to go into mill but enjoyed the covered bridge. There are only 4 covered bridges in MO and I have now seen them all. FYI I didn't have cell phone service (Sprint), I did get some 3G service several miles out, did no LTE until close to Interstate.
  • Very beautiful place. Interesting building. Going back for the tour. Beautiful area for pictures

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