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April Scenery Drive Information



Area Celebrates 26th Annual Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive

Bollinger County invites you to visit our beautiful area of rolling hills, pastoral farm scenes, and flowering trees for the 26th Annual Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive on April 23-24, 2016. The events include outdoor recreation, food, history, dinosaurs, beautiful scenery, special sales, and lawnmower races. Brochures are available at the chamber office at 207 Mayfield Drive, Marble Hill MO. Hours of events varies by venue.

Participants include:
Massey Log House
The Massey Log House was built circa 1869. The four-pen log structure with full porches is a good example of "dog trot" and "v" notched log house. It is filled with many historical items of everyday life from the era. Open Saturday April 23 from 9am-3pm. Location: Marble Hill, MO.

The Mayfield Cultural Center
The Mayfield Smith Academy (1800-1903) and the Will Mayfield College (1904-1934) is now the Mayfield Cultural Center, "the Jewel of Bollinger County." Listed on the National Register of Historical Places. This unique historical landmark will be hosting free tours and exhibits of the school's history and their students. Friday-Sunday the Cultural Center & Cafe will be open 11am-3pm for the Scenic Tour. Info: or 573-238-8515 Location: 209 Mayfield Drive, Marble Hill, MO.

Whippoorwill Lake
Location: Rt. 2, County Road 522 Five (5) miles south of Marble Hill. Drive by the 200 year old Lee Cabin. Swimming, trails, rustic cabins, sandy beaches, horseback riding, camping, fishing, and various other scheduled events. Come tour the campground. Info: 573-238-3995.

Lawn Mower Races
Location: Hwy 51 & 72 Patton Saddle Club. Lawn mower racing sponsored by the Patton Lions Club. Gate opens at 4pm. Entry fee $5.00 per vehicle. Racing starts at 6pm. Bring a lawn chair and get comfortable! Concession stand open all night. No alcohol please! Info: 573-866-3576 or 636-288-7295 Sponsored by Patton Lions Club.

Bollinger County Museum of Natural History
Visit the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History "Where the Past Springs to Life" See Dinosaur fossils and models, Civil War, Native American, Ice Age, regional history exhibits, discover & play area with children's fossil dig, dinosaur puzzles, and more fun activities. A new exhibit, featuring Tom Runnels art, will open April 23. Tom Runnels was a local artist, writer, and sculptor. Metal sculptures, paintings, and prints by Tom Runnels will be featured in this exhibit.

On Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 PM: Sandy Runnels and Jeanie Eddleman will be at the museum to speak with visitors about Tom Runnels life and work. A special PowerPoint presentation will be available on Saturday featuring information on Mr. Runnels. Check our facebook page to keep up with any changes or additions to the events of the weekend.

Museum Hours: Thursday and Friday Noon - 4:30p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday Noon - 4:30 p.m. Location: 207 Mayfield Drive, Marble Hill, MO

Admission to museum charged. Adults $5 and 17 years and under $2. For more information call 573-238-1174 or email

Iron Mountain Railway Location:
Intersection of Hwys 61 & 25, Jackson Celebrating our 30th Anniversary! This historic Iron Mountain Railway will be open for stationary tours on Friday 10am-2pm, Saturday 10am-noon, and Sunday 1pm-3pm. Our Saturday 1-3:30pm excursion will be Junior Engineers and Conductors, where youngsters can learn all about working on the train. Come ride the train for a fun adventure. You can earn your own personalized engineer's hat if you pass the test. Great for kids of all ages. Also Operation Life Saver presentations. The train departs the station at 1pm and returns at 3pm.

The Mustard Seed Boutique
Location 205 Graham Street, Marble Hill, MO Special events, sales, and special dessert. Hours: Saturday, April 23 -10am-5pm.

Bollinger County Farmers Market
Location: 200 Highway 34 at the edge of Marble Hill behind the Bollinger County Co-op The market will open this year every Saturday from April 16 through the end of September, from 8 am to noon. Our vendors regularly offer for sale locally grown or made products such as: Goat milk soap, farm fresh eggs, fresh produce(in season), baked goods, chickens ,ducks, and other fowl, rabbits, plants, herbs, woodworking and craft items, homemade jams and jellies.

The rural communities of Southeast Missouri invite you to join them as they celebrate spring with good food, festivals, folk music, dancing, crafts, living history events, camping, scenic vistas and lots more. The Annual Scenic Drive will be held April 28th and 29th. Once you've experienced what makes our region special, we believe you'll want to visit us again. You can expect to see dogwoods, azaleas, antiques, quilts, and a route lined with crafts, good food, and friendly people.

Don't forget to visit the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History. Dinosaur Fossils Exhibit and Historical Items are of interest. Call for events and activities at 573-238-1174. Museum will be open from 9AM-5PM on Saturday and Noon-5PM on Sunday.

For your dining pleasure, try out Jay's Bar-B-Q, Jer's Restaurant, Good food with the family in mind.

For information on other areas activities of the drive call the Cape Girardeau Convention & Visitors Bureau at (573) 335-1631 or (800) 777-0068. Some other areas are: Altenburg, Brazeau, Burfordville, Cape Girardeau, Commerce, Frohna, Jackson, Leopold, Oak Ridge, Old Appleton and Pocahontas. Brochures can be attained with maps for the whole 150-mile drive.


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Bollinger County Chamber of Commerce PO Box 440 Marble Hill, MO 63764