made, changing the original Victorian
appearance, but the interior, with original
woodwork, fireplace and curved staircase,
was kept intact. In 1996, the home was
restored as a remembrance of Boone, his
works and importance to the community.
Planners can arrange for group tours of the
home or host receptions in the historic home.
The Millbottom, Jefferson City
The Millbottom, once a power plant, was
restored and renovated into an event
center. The building dates to the early
1900s when it operated as a gas plant for
Ameren and as a power plant for both the
Missouri Power and Light Company, and
before that for Jefferson City Light, Heat
and Power Company.
“The building is named after the area
in which it was originally located, the
Mill Bottom,” said Margaret Oberkrom,
assistant manager of The Millbottom. “The
area got this name because it was the area
in the river bottom where farmers would
bring their grain from all over to be milled.”
Today, the event center has an indoor
capacity of 300 people with the ability to
expand to 1,200 people for an indoor/
outdoor event. The main room, that once
held the plant’s boilers, is a 4,700-square-
foot space with large arched windows and
exposed steel beams that are original to the
building. The venue also features a caterer’s
kitchen with commercial equipment, an
indoor/outdoor bar and a mezzanine level
that can also be used for functions.
“Since its opening, we’ve hosted all
kinds of events, from fundraisers, concerts, weddings, corporate trainings, car
shows, and in fall of 2017 we’re excited to
host our first craft show,” Oberkrom said.
“One really cool thing is that during the
renovations they found some steel that
had U.S. Steele imprinted on it.
“We are the only space like this in Jeffer-
The Colonel Bolton Home,
son City with the soaring ceilings, exposed
brick, original metal beams, natural light,
stunning views of the Capitol and capabili-
ty to be indoor/outdoor,” she said.
Built in 1833 for Col. Bolton, the first
warden of the nearby Missouri State
Penitentiary, and overlooking the Osage
River, the pre-Civil War antebellum home
features stone from the river’s bluff on
the exterior. The historic site is now a bed
and breakfast with three guest rooms and
a space for meetings and events. Inside
the home, groups of up to 48 can use the
dining room and parlor rooms along with
the residential kitchen.
“We have hosted everything from retreats
Camden County Museum, Lake of
to business meetings to dinner parties,”
said Mary Markway, whose husband’s
great-grandparents were the second owners
of the home in the late 1800s. “Groups can
also partake in a tour of the home where
we talk about the history of each room and
interesting tidbits about the home, like how
some of the windows were built at an angle
to let more natural light in.”
For groups of up to 150 there is the event
center that includes an 1,800-square-foot
room and the full use of the grounds.
The Camden County Museum was originally
a schoolhouse constructed when the town
of Linn Creek had to be relocated due to
the building of the Bagnell Dam in the late
1920s. The building now houses artifacts
from the towns of the county, such as tools,
furniture, firearms and Civil War memorabilia. There are also exhibits showcasing historic journals and publications on display,
and genealogy services for those who might
have roots in Camden County.
“We have a lot of artifacts and photos on
Willmore Lodge, Lake of the Ozarks
the history before the dam and since the
dam,” said Daphne Jeffries, president of
the Camden County Museum & Historical
Society. “We have a rich history, especially
with the amount of people that have come
through the area.”
The museum offers both self-guided and
group tours and is available to host private
events for 100 guests.
The Willmore Lodge is a log building that
was built in 1930 for Union Electric, which
oversaw the construction of Bagnell Dam.
The lodge was designed by Louis La Beau-
me, a noted St. Louis architect, who also
worked on the Louisiana Purchase Exposi-
tion and was a member of the St. Louis City
Planning Commission and president of the
St. Louis Art Museum. The lodge houses 29
rooms and was constructed with Western
white pine logs brought by train from the
Pacific Northwest of the U.S.
In 1945, Union Electric sold the building
to Cyrus Crane Willmore, a St. Louis real
estate developer, who foresaw the area
becoming a popular vacation destination
with the creation of a new manmade lake.
Although sold since, the building has
kept the Willmore Lodge name and was re-
acquired by Union Electric in 1996 to insure
it, as well as the surrounding land, would
be protected as a National Historic Site.
Today, the lodge is home to the Lake
Area Chamber of Commerce and the
Bagnell Dam History museum and is
available for private rental.
The lakefront property can host events
for up to 80, utilizing space inside the
lodge, in the gardens and on the waterfront, including the gazebo that overlooks
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