Watkins Mill Events


Creative Workshops – Year-Round
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In 2012, Watkins Mill Association began offering a series of creative workshops – on writing, painting, sculpture, Victorian life, genealogy, and more – designed to help today’s families relate to some 19th century experiences and activities in a relevant way. Be sure to like our Facebook page for updates. Subscribe to E-News (at the bottom of this page) to be notified as details become available.

Come explore your creativity and pay homage to Watkins Mill's tradition of hosting artisans and craftsmen. 

Spring on the Farm or Fall on the Farm - Celebrate 52 years since Watkins Mill was established as a State Historic Site! One of these events will be presented annually-


Fall on the Farm- October 7 Noon - 5PM

Come celebrate the arrival of spring at the Watkins farm and join us for a day filled with fun and learning!  Witness 1870’s style sheep shearing, stroll through our heirloom garden as it’s prepared for spring planning, and participate in activities and chores that were commonplace in the 1870s. Activities will include woodstove cooking, cross-cut sawing, rag doll making, toy making, ropemaking, laundry, blacksmithing, weaving and more! Admission is free for the event. There will be an open house at the Watkins Family Home and a limited number of mill tours will be offered at a reduced rate. For more information, contact the park at (816) 580-3387.

Living History Farm Program – Seasonal

The historic site’s Living History Farm Program typically runs Friday through Sunday from mid-May through August. Costumed interpretive staff present life in rural Missouri in the 1870s. Demonstrations focus on the heirloom garden and summer kitchen. Tours of the Woolen Mill and Watkins house are offered daily. Call the park office for details: 816-580-3387.

Movie Night at Watkins Mill State Park- TBA

Watch a classic movie on a 12' X 16' theater-size outdoor movie screen. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Come out to the park and enjoy the great outdoors while enjoying a free movie and popcorn. For more information please contact the park office at (816) 580-3387.

Music Fest & Back Porch Jam- TBA

Bring your banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, or mandolin and join the fun at the Watkins family home. Throughout the day, musicians perform original songs and folk music on the front porch, and relax in an informal jam session on the back porch. Come out to play or listen! Bring your lawn chairs and picnic lunches and plan to spend the day with us. For further information contact the park office at (816) 580-3387.

Halloween Campout- October 21, 2017

Bring the family to the park for camping Halloween style. Participate in the spookiest campsite contest, costume contest for K-9's, campsite trick or treating, and a spooky nature program. Regular camping fees apply. For further information please contact the park office at (816) 580-3387.

Christmas on the Farm- December 2, 2017

Admission is free for the event and there will be an open house at the Watkins family home for the duration of the event. Activities at the home will include holiday caroling, reading of family letters, free samples of traditional holiday treats, plum pudding flaming demonstrations, and an opportunity for children to visit with Father Christmas. Activities at the visitor center will include kids crafts, live traditional holiday music, and a performance by the Lathrop Singing Mules grade school choir. For further information contact the park office at (816) 580-3387.