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The public is invited to step back in time and experience an early 1900s picnic at Dillard Mill State Historic Site. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the annual Dillard Days Picnic will be held on Saturday, May 10, at Dillard Mill State Historic Site near Davisville. This free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The red, water-powered gristmill and clear Huzzah Creek will be the backdrop for bluegrass music played by Red Bridge and dulcimer music played by Rick Thum. Some of the featured activities and old-time demonstrations include woodworking, basket weaving, blacksmithing, loom weaving and rope making. The first floor of the mill will be open with staff available to answer questions. Food and beverages will be available to purchase.
The public is then invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting that will begin at 4 p.m. at the Harmony Shelter. Representatives from the historic site will be on hand to provide information about the facility and to answer questions. Agenda items will include an update regarding the facility and planned improvements at the site. The informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure the public has input on services and facilities offered in state parks and historic sites. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling the site at 573-244-3120.
Dillard Mill, located five miles west of Viburnum and one mile south of Dillard off Highway 49 in Crawford County, is one of Missouri’s best-preserved examples of a water-powered gristmill. The mill, which has been restored to operational order, was built around 1900 and continued to grind grain until the 1960s. For more information about the event, contact Dillard Mill State Historic Site at 573-244-3120. For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.