Watkins Mill Events

Visit Spring on the Farm (in Even-Numbered Years) & Fall on the Farm (in Odd-Numbered Years)

Watkins Mill Heirloom Garden Celebration

Apr 24, 2021 10AM – 1PM

The Heirloom Garden is new again! Join Watkins State Park, Watkins Mill Association, and MGGKC for a Bicentennial celebration of the Watkins Kitchen Garden! Tour the newly rebuilt heirloom garden, learn time-tested gardening practices, and visit with the Master Gardeners of Greater KC who will be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

MO Bicentennial 2021 Event: Sheep to Shawl for Apr 24 & 25 is cancelled.

Due to constraints at the county and state level surrounding COVID19, the Sheep to Shawl is cancelled. Visit the WMA Facebook page for any updates regarding this event.

Living History Farm Program – Seasonal- 2021 TBA

The historic site’s Living History Farm Program runs on Saturdays and Sundays from May 26 through August 5. Costumed interpretive staff present life in rural Missouri in the late 19th century: gardening, woodstove cooking, laundry, waving and children’s games. Tours of the Woolen Mill and Watkins house are offered. Call the park office for details: 816-580-3387.

Fall on the Farm – 2021 TBA

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 a free open house at the Watkins Family Home and a limited number of mill tours will be offered for a fee. For more information, contact the park at (816) 580-3387.

Watkins Mill Safety Fair & Trunk-or-Treat – 2021 TBA

Bring the family and join us for this educational and fun event from 11 AM – 3 PM. Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site is partnering with local community emergency services providers to host a safety fair, interpretive activities and a trunk-or-treat at the swimming beach parking lot. For more information, please contact 816-580-3387.

Fall Event – Oct 7, 2021

WMA invites guests to dine on hearty hors d’oeuvres, listen to or sing along to  music, participate in games or cheer on others, win prizes, and ….if you are the winning bidder…take home auction items from our select silent auction….just in time for the holidays.

Christmas on the Farm – 2021 TBA

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.

A long-time volunteer greets visitors at Christmas on the Farm.

At Watkins Mill events, you can try your hand at chores, crafts and see demonstrations of food production and preparation, animal husbandry and more. Oh, and you’re sure to see lots of smiles.

In Watkins’ day, the blacksmith was perhaps the most essential member in the community, and was heavily depended upon by almost everyone.


Watkins Mill Association
Mailing address
P.O. Box 155
Kearney, Missouri 64060

Main Entrance of Watkins Mill
NE 161st Street and County Road RA, USA

[email protected]

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