News Release 282

Missouri State Parks hosts "Christmas on the Farm" Dec. 1 at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site

Volume 39-282 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Experience what Christmas would have been like on a 19th century farm during the “Christmas on the Farm” event Dec. 1 at Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site near Lawson. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, the event will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

During the event, there will be an open house at the Watkins family home with holiday caroling, reading of family letters, free samples of traditional holiday treats and demonstrations of the flaming of the plum pudding. Children will have the opportunity to visit with Father Christmas. At the visitor center, the events will include kids’ crafts, live traditional holiday music and a performance by the Lathrop Singing Mules Grade School choir.

Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site interprets the Bethany Plantation, the 19th century farm of Waltus Locket Watkins. The site includes the Watkins house and mill, the only 19th century American woolen mill with its original machinery still intact. The site is located at 26600 Park Road North in Lawson. For more information, contact the site at 816-580-3387. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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