Annual Old Town Picnic is May 9 at Dillard Mill State Historic Site

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Volume 37-106 For Immediate Release: April 28, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites you to experience an early 1900s picnic at one of Missouri’s most scenic state historic sites. The annual Old Dillard Town Picnic will be held on Saturday, May 9, at Dillard Mill State Historic Site near Davisville.  This free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With the red, water-powered gristmill and clear Huzzah Creek as a backdrop and bluegrass music played by the Missouri Mountain Gang filling the air, guests will truly feel as if they have stepped back in time at this annual picnic.  Visitors will also hear musical performances by Jamin Bray.  Featured activities and old-time demonstrations will include spinning and weaving, horseshoeing, flintknapping, basket weaving, bee keeping, soap making and natural dyeing. Watch a strongman demonstration by Steve Schmidt, who specializes in pulling and lifting objects with his teeth or stop by the gas and steam engine display. Food and beverages will be available to purchase.

The first floor of the mill will be open with staff available to answer questions. Dillard Mill, located 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, contact Dillard Mill State Historic Site at 573-244-3120 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at