Bollinger County Celebrates 26th Annual Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive

Stock image: Creative commonsBollinger County is taking part in the 26th Annual Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive, April 23 - 24, 2016. Everyone is invited to visit this beautiful part of Missouri; an area adorned with rolling hills, pastoral farm scenes, and flowering trees. The events for the scenic drive include outdoor recreation, food, history, dinosaurs, beautiful scenery, special sales, and lawn mower races.


Patricia Welker, Administrative Assistant for the Bollinger County Chamber of Commerce, said that the Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive is a popular weekend, “It’s a big part of Bollinger County. It’s a way to draw attention to the attractions in our area, and let’s people discover this corner of Southeast Missouri.”

The Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive takes place all throughout Southeast Missouri, with venues and events changing each year. Bollinger County presented this year’s events in a press release, listing participating businesses and the fun activities they’ll be hosting.

“It’s a big tradition in the area. This is the 26th year, so we get a good turnout,” Patricia said, “We invite everyone to come out and see what’s up.”

This year’s Bollinger County participants are listed below:

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 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 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 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. for the Scenic Tour. Info: or 573-238-8515. Location: 209 Mayfield Drive, Marble Hill, MO.

Whippoorwill Lake  
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. Location: Rt. 2, County Road 522 Five (5) miles south of Marble Hill.

Lawn Mower Races
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 Location: Hwy 51 & 72 Patton Saddle 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 p.m. 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 - 4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon - 4:30 p.m. Location: 207 Mayfield Drive, Marble Hill, MO

Admission to museum is $5 for adults, $2 for those 17 years and younger. For more information call 573-238-1174 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Iron Mountain Railway  
This historic Iron Mountain Railway will be open for stationary tours on Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - noon, and Sunday 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The Saturday 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 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 1 p.m. and returns at 3 p.m. Location: Intersection of Hwys 61 & 25, Jackson.

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

Brochures are available at the chamber office at 207 Mayfield Drive in Marble Hill. Hours of events varies by venue.

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