News Release 254

Annual Old Town Picnic is May 8 at Dillard Mill State Historic Site

Volume 38-254 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 23, 2010 – You can experience an early 1900s picnic at one of Missouri’s most scenic state historic sites Saturday, May 8 at Dillard Mill State Historic Site near Davisville. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the annual Old Dillard Town Picnic will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to the public.

Visitors will truly feel like they have stepped back in time with the red, water-powered gristmill and Huzzah Creek as a backdrop for this annual picnic. The Missouri Mountain Gang will play bluegrass music and Jamin Bray will provide musical performances. Activities and old-time demonstrations such as spinning and weaving, horseshoeing, flint knapping, basket weaving, bee keeping, soap making and natural dyeing will be featured. 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 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 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