Castle on the hill …
No, not the Ed Sheeran song …
We’re talking about the castle on the hill near Sedalia, Missouri, which can be seen from Highway 65.
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site features a 31-room, 12,000-square-foot summer home sitting atop a 120-foot bluff and two natural caves. The “castle” was built for Sedalia attorney John Homer Bothwell and took 31 years and four phases to complete from 1890 to 1929.
Several outbuildings surround the home including a four-car garage, a bungalow-style cliff house and a farmhouse.
The state historic site also offers tours and there are trails for hiking and mountain biking and a picnic area with shelter and playground.
The grounds are open from 8 am to sunset year-round. The lodge tours vary depending on the season and cost $4 for adults, $3 for youth and free for ages 0-5. For more information, visit https://mostateparks.com/park/bothwell-lodge-state-historic-site or call 660-827-0510.
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is located at 19349 Bothwell Park Road north of Sedalia.