Relive the days of yesteryear with a visit to Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, 19 miles west of Cape Girardeau. The 19th-century mill and neighboring covered bridge provide a glimpse of what might have been found around turns on Missouri roads. The present mill, a four-story stone and brick building, dates to the Civil War and was used to grind corn into meal. The succession of three mills that have stood on this site represent more than 200 years of milling history.
The Burfordville Covered Bridge stands alongside Bollinger Mill and stretches 140 feet across the Whitewater River, which powered the mill. Both the covered bridge and the mill are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1858, the covered bridge is the oldest of only four remaining covered bridges in the state of Missouri.
The site’s rustic, scenic setting is an ideal picnic spot and provides many exploration opportunities along the river as well as a short hike to the Bollinger Family Cemetery.
Sunrise - 10 p.m.
Time Period Represented
Year Round, except New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas days
$5 to tour upper levels of mill
At this time, parking is gravel and the mill is accessed over natural turf. A 9.8 percent railed ramp allows access to the front porch and the first floor of the mill.
The first floor is accessible and self-guided with interpretive labels. Interpreters are available to provide information and answer questions. A brochure rack is located inside the mill and provides visitors with site and other area attraction information. Souvenirs and books are also available for purchase. Exhibits are freestanding machinery with interpretative signs. Visitors are offered a guided tour of the upper floors of the mill for an admission fee. The tour includes three floors accessed using railed steps. For those who are unable to access the upper floors of the mill, an audio tape describing the tour and a photo album featuring the equipment on the upper floors are available.
Presently, there are two accessible picnic tables. Picnic sites and the water fountain are accessed over natural turf. The vault toilet and information board have a flagstone path connecting from gravel parking.
An asphalt path with a 6.5 percent slope leads to the bridge, which has a one-inch threshold. The wooden bridge approaches have up to four-inch discrepancies in height. Note that the far side of the bridge has a three-inch threshold upon contacting the asphalt.
Pet Friendly Notes
Leashed pets are welcome on the grounds. Please clean up after your pet.