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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  • Spend some leisure time at this historic place. It has the old mill and covered bridge, which were just made for relaxing. Sit on a park bench and listen to the water flowing over the dam. Nice picnic...  more »
  • I grew up in Jackson in the 1950s and 60s. This was our swimming hole. No museum or park at the time just the mill and bridge. You could actually drive over the bridge back then. There was a large tre...  more »
  • Very cool old mill and covered bridge. We did not take the tour but plan to next time. Relaxing spot to picnic or just hang.
  • This location is a must see for anyone that loves covered bridges, nature, beautiful rivers and landmarks. I took my son fishing here and it was breathtaking. It had been a while since I was there and now I think we'll make a habit of going at least once a year.

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