Dawt Mill 07-02-2021 by Tim Layton Dawt Mill was the last operating Grist Mill in Ozark County. Dawt Mill is located two miles northeast of Tecumseh, about a mile off Route PP.
The first Dawt Mill was built in 1866 and the mill burned down, the current mill was built in 1897.
Dawn Mill is privately owned now and part of a resort. As you can see from the photo to the left (July 2021), the mill is under restoration right now and based on conversations that I had with employees, the Mill has never been reopened since the 2017 floods.
The construction that you see is more about an expansion of hotels rooms that restoration of the mill based on what I gathered from employees that I talked to.
Since the mill is now part of a private resort and has been commercialized, I choose not to photograph it as part of my Ozark's Historic Mills Project. I enjoyed my visit otherwise and got a T-shirt and had a hand scooped ice cream cone. I wanted to include the mill for historical purposes.
Dawt Mill like Rockbridge, once was a town with a blacksmith shop, store, church and hotel. Dawt Mill has become a full time resort with Cabin and Hotel style lodging, three restaurants and a concert venue not to mention legendary float trips.
Following several owners through the years, Dr. and Mrs. Edward Henegar purchased the mill in 1995 and began a major restoration and renovation of the surrounding property. A conference center/lodge was built, along with a restaurant and deli, and the old general store was restored. Lodging, camping, picnic sites, and canoe and tube rentals are available, and various special outdoor entertainment events are held during the warmer months.
This was the last mill grinding flour and meal with burhstones, and is now closed since the floods of 2017. Baked goods using the fresh-ground grains were able to be purchased in the mill’s bakery before the floods.
For more info visit www.dawtmill.com or call (417) 284-3540 or (888) 884-3540.
DAWT MILL BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS (July 2021)
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