Dillard Mill State Historic Site, Davisville

The Dillard Mill State Historic Site is a privately owned, state-administered property on Huzzah Creek in Crawford County, Missouri, that preserves a water-powered gristmill. The 132acre site has been operated as a state historic site by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under a lease agreement with the L-A-D Foundation since 1975. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
A mill was built on Huzzah Creek in 1853 by Francis Wisdom and it was known as the Wisdom Mill. It was destroyed by fire in 1895. The property changed hands, and a new mill, the Mische Mill, was built in 1908. The Mische Mill used an underwater turbine rather than the old waterwheel, and the owners altered the course of the stream and the bluff at the site. The mill was in operation until 1956. It was renamed the Dillard Mill in 1975 when the state took over management of the property. It was dedicated as a historic site in 1977. Restoration of the mill was completed in 1980.
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  • This is an interesting place in it's own right, but it's especially so as a photographer. I've only visited once but I stayed over 3 hours as I watched the environment change from extreme fog to cloud...  more »
  • It is a bit of a hike from St. Louis, but the mill is beautiful. We do a short tour of the facility and the pulley system used with the cogs for the mill were amazing. Also the water in the stream is ...  more »
  • This was an awesome state historic site. The natural setting is beautiful. The mill is incredible, and it's well worth doing the tour.
  • Dillard mill state park, so fresh and beautiful. My Grandfather once owned a saw mill in Dillard in the middle 1800. Have fished and swam the Huzzah River many, many times as a boy. Would like to speak with the state of MO. Regarding a permanent position with & for the Dillard State Park in Dillard Missouri. May I please receive an acknowledgment back? Thinking you in advance. Daniel Dotson

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