A couple of months ago, Cliff and I rode the motorcycle to Sedalia and drove up to the Bothwell lodge; you can read about that trip HERE. It's part of the Missouri State Park system . That day we were too late to take the tour. Today we arrived there just in time for the first tour of the day.
This castle-looking mansion was built by a Sedalia lawyer and state legislator, John Homer Bothwell. There's surprisingly little information about the Bothwell Lodge to be found on the Internet.
"Bothwell was married to Miss Hattie E. Jaynes in 1884. She died in
1887, and he never remarried. Instead, he poured his energies into
public service, the practice of law, and his home and farm.
bought this acreage, 7 miles north of Sedalia, to protect a portion of
the wooded ridge from lumbering. He named it Stonyridge Farm. The house
was constructed in several stages from 1890 to 1929.
property also includes several outbuildings, the quarries from which
the rock for the house was mined, and nature paths that wander down the
John Homer Bothwell died in 1929. He willed the
property to a group of friends and relatives who owned it until the
State of Missouri assumed ownership in 1974. Bothwell Lodge, Hotel Bothwell, and the Missouri State Fair are three of his achievements that can still be seen in the community of Sedalia."
It was so dark in some parts of the house that I had to use flash, which makes for less-than-desirable pictures. Here are some shots of the kitchen.
There are three faucets: Hot, cold, and rainwater. That's because the well water was high in sulfur content, and not good to drink.
Most of the mansion has original furnishings. The kitchen, however, was modernized as the years went by. The lady who was their cook helped the state park system restore things to their original look. I asked our guide if Bothwell had servants, and he said none except for a cook and a housekeeper.
I'll be sharing more pictures in different entries here and on my Blogger site.