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Ozarks Mill Tour, Ozark County, MO; our recent visit

Updated on September 24, 2014

Zanoni Mill in Ozark County, MO

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Five Ozark Mills on a day-trip from our home; a grand experience - come join our fun! ;-)

This tour is one we have intended to take for some time, and that time finally came. We drove about an hour and half to the middle of the county, near Gainesville, then actually began the tour. You can follow the map on the website link provided, if you wish.

Three of the Mills provided extensive information and they are covered, with more photos, on featured lenses, as noted below.

We are my wife, Nancy, our daughter, Allison, and myself. Allison and I both took many photos. All of the photos on this lens are drawn from that pool of photo images.

The photo here is of Zanoni Mill, located on private property at the Zanoni Mill Inn and Ranch. They are kind enough to let us drive onto their property to view the Mill. The distinctive feature of this mill is the rare overshoot millwheel.

Visited Ozark County Mills?

Have you visited these 5 Mills in Ozark County, in the Southern Missouri Ozarks?

Dining at Rockbridge Mill - humming birds were plentiful

Dining at Rockbridge Mill - humming birds were plentiful
Dining at Rockbridge Mill - humming birds were plentiful | Source

Old Dawt Mill

Old Dawt Mill is now a restaurant.
Old Dawt Mill is now a restaurant. | Source

Old Dawt Mill

The Old Dawt Mill is a popular trout fishing and tourist vacation destination. It is also known for canoeing and kayaking on the North Fork of the White River. The mill building itself is now a restaurant. It was closed the day we were there, but we enjoyed seeing the grounds and lodging available, the pond behind the dam on the river, and the fine gift shop.

See more details and photos in the Old Dawt Mill lens featured below.

Hodgson Mill in Ozark County, MO

Hodgson Mill, Ozark County, Missouri
Hodgson Mill, Ozark County, Missouri | Source

Hodgson Mill

The Hodgson Mill is a well-preserved historic site still sitting on the 3,000,000 gallon per day spring that feeds the pond and stream in front of the mill. No longer a working mill, the 'Hodgson Mill' floor and other products you can purchase are produced in a modern mill in nearby Gainesville.

The extensive craft shop now in the mill building handle many locally produced crafts and other products.

See more photos and detail in the Featured Lenses below.

Rockbridge Mill in Ozark County, MO

Rockbridge Mill building now the Club
Rockbridge Mill building now the Club | Source

Rockbridge Mill

Rockbridge Mill Rainbow Trout and Game Farm

The Rockbridge Mill site is really a small village sitting on over 3,000 acres of land with extensive lodging, dining, and recreational accommodations.

See the Featured lenses links below for additional photos and more information including the official website link where all the latest information is available. We really enjoyed having lunch at the restaurant - great food, great service, reasonable prices.

"The Homeplace Saga" series of novels are set in the southern Missouri Ozarks not far from these mills! - A mill is a central feature of this series of historic

Back to the Homeplace
Back to the Homeplace

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Hammond Mill in Ozark County, MO

Hammond Mill in Ozark County, Missouri
Hammond Mill in Ozark County, Missouri | Source

Hammond Mill

Hammond Mill is located far off the beaten path on a gravel road. It is currently a residence and is being renovated by them. We were fortunate to be able to have a few words with them about the site, which we appreciated. We'd like to go back in a year or so to see how it progresses.

They pointed out that the big round window was installed by the previous owners.

Christmas at the Homeplace
Christmas at the Homeplace

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Bill, Thanks for the tour, as I really enjoyed it. The history of places like this are all around our country, and I love viviting and learning ways of the past. The food looks really good at the Rockbridge Mill! Hope you enjoyed.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Its amazing what we can discover in out own back yards sometimes and you certainly found a gold mine of old mills to visit with your family....all I can see are smiles!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @KandDMarketing: Thank you. Thought of you as we first went east on 76... but then went to Ozark County, of course, not to Ava! ;-)

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      KandDMarketing 

      6 years ago

      The Ozarks holds many interesting sites and places to visit. We love it here. Nice lens!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @mbgphoto: Yes, they are fascinating... even if they no longer work... ;-)

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @gottaloveit2: Still as great as even. Come back anytime! We'd love to have you visit again! ;-)

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Interesting mills in the Ozarks.

    • gottaloveit2 profile image

      gottaloveit2 

      6 years ago

      We visited the Ozarks many moons ago when I was young. I loved it there and I love your pictures!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @AllisonsAttic: Thank you for the prompt visit and like. Much appreciated! ;-) This set is done. Went back and updated each with a link back to the others.. ;-)

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      AllisonsAttic 

      6 years ago

      Great Lense!!!

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