Bollinger Mill State Historic Site

Relive the days of yesteryear with a visit to Bollinger Mill State Historic Site and covered bridge.

Just 19 miles west of Cape Girardeau, take a step back in time at this 19th-century mill and neighboring covered bridge that 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. Knowlan Family Farm is just two miles east of this site, and offers seasonal you-pick opportunities and a farm store. 

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