News Release 153

Bring your ideas to a public meeting at Dillard Mill State Historic Site on May 21

Volume 39-153 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., May 18, 2011 -- The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting on Saturday, May 21 at Dillard Mill State Historic Site near Davisville. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. at the site's Harmony Picnic Shelter. Prior to the meeting, the public is invited to attend Dillard Days, an annual 1900s picnic, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the same day.

Representatives from the historic site will be on hand to provide information about the facilities and to answer questions. Agenda items will include an update regarding the facilities, planned improvements at the sites, an update on the site’s conceptual development plan, and a recap of the year's accomplishments. Recent improvements include restoring the mill's machinery to operating order, painting the mill, and improving the hiking trails east of the Huzzah. The public is invited to share comments about the facilities and current operations.

The informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by the department to ensure the public has input on services and facilities offered in state parks and historic sites.

Dillard Mill State Historic Site, 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 after 1900 and continued to grind grain until the 1960s. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling Dillard Mill State Historic Site at 573-244-3120 or the 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