Although Hulston Mill Park has been heralded as a trail rider's paradise, in recent years it is actually a complete family recreational facility in the broader sense. In addition to providing camping accommodations, flush toilets and a shower, the park features tables for family picnics and other outings, antique playground equipment for children, and a nature trail for both hiking and trail riding within the confines of the fifty-acre park. Features also include a rustic amphitheater made of hewn native logs, a covered bridge, antique farm equipment, three historic log cabins (such as the original Dade County Library), and of course; the stately old Hulston Mill which today has been refurbished and is now operable.
The Park is under the management of the Dade County Historical Society headquartered in Greenfield, MO. Hulston Mill is located two miles east from State Road EE on County Road 92, two miles North of 160 Highway, seven miles east of Greenfield. It stands today just a few miles from where it was erected in 1840. The construction of Stockton Lake mandated that the mill could no longer exist at its original location on EE Highway where the road crosses the Sac River. The Dade County Historical Society, in an effort by concerned citizens, was formed in 1967 to save the mill from both structural demolition and historical oblivion.
While Hulston Mill Park was still in its stages of early growth another Dade County citizen, well-known equestrian enthusiast Paul Wilson of Everton, Missouri was envisioning an equestrian trails system along the shoreline of Stockton Lake. Wilson summoned friends, regional equestrian groups, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) with the intent of making his dream a reality. The Department agreed to assume management responsibilities for the required land from the Army Corps of Engineers and over a period of time designated the wilderness area for equestrian access. As a result, there are some fourteen miles of beautiful scenic trails at the Hulston Mill Conservation Area, which traverse the Sac River and south Stockton Lake shorelines. The trails are rated from moderate to challenging for navigation on horseback. In cooperation with the trail effort the Dade County Historical Society agreed to provide a trailhead for the reserve at Hulston Mill Park. The equestrian trail riding community has naturally become one of the park's greatest means of support.
Hulston Mill Park is home to numerous organized events each year of which the majority are equestrian related. In January of each year, the park is the site of the Annual Klondike Classic Trail Ride. On Memorial Day weekend it serves as home to the Paul Wilson Memorial Trail Ride and in October visitors from all walks of life attend the Annual Hulston Mill Historic Fall Festival. In addition to Dade County Historical Society sponsored events, several other regional organizations feature activities for public attendance throughout the year. CMH Hospice, The National Kidney Foundation, One Missing Link, and the Stockton Shrine, all host yearly benefit trail rides at Hulston Mill Park. Many non-equestrians are usually in attendance to enjoy the cookouts and evening musical entertainment at the events.
All events are listed on the park bulletin board near the center of the park and on the Hulston Mill web page at www.dadecountymohistoricalsociety.com. The Park also is reserved at times for weddings, family reunions, and other private activities although these seldom interfere with normal campground operations. Whether on visits the park as an equestrian trail rider, history buff, or just one desiring a place to relax and enjoy the wonders of nature in a quiet peaceful setting, Hulston Mill Park provides a wide range of leisurely opportunities. For more information about Hulston Mill Park contact the Dade County Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors to Greenfield see the square lined with brick buildings built in the 1880's - with bricks made in the Greenfield Brickyard. The Opera House, which opened in 1888, was called the "Jewel of the Square". For more information about the Opera House contact email@example.com
Stockton Lake offers beautiful scenery with three hundred miles of unspoiled shoreline and 25 acres of clean clear water. This lake is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Wildlife is abundant along the shoreline and varies depending on the time of year you visit. You can see deer at the waters edge, turkey crossing the road and geese raising their young along the shore. Bald eagles are frequently sited, having made Stockton Lake their home.
Stockton is the perfect family lake. There is something for everyone. Water-skiers and wake boarders can usually find a protected cove through the day and always in the evening. Fishing is great and Stockton has become one of the best walleye fishing lakes in the Midwest. Stockton Lake is rated one of the top 10 sailing lakes in the United Sates. Steady breezes and open water make for great runs up and down the lake. There are many campgrounds around the lake and surrounding area for those of you that want to be one with nature.
Over thirty years ago on June 8 & 9, 1974 when Stockton Lake was only 4 years old a group of sailors held a race with 123 sailboats. That race was named the Governor's Cup and has become an annual event on Stockton Lake. What began as a one day race has turned into a 2 to 3 day Regatta and social event. In the new, Orleans Trail Conference Center, there is a beautiful cabinet made by Joe and Bunny Lane. The Governor's Cup fleet trophies are there, as well as the first Governor's Cup trophy given in 1974. Hanging next to the trophy case is a wonderful proclamation from former Missouri Governor Bob Holden regarding the heritage of the race and the lake.
tradition and heritage of the Governor's Cup continue
each October. Mark your calendars and check the
Lake Stockton Yacht Club web site for dates and events:
Our area is growing, but it is a long way from being crowded and overpopulated. The clean clear water makes those refreshing dips on a hot summer day quite enjoyable. We are very proud of our lake and hope you will come and enjoy it and our Ozark hospitality.
For more information on Stockton Lake, visit the Stockton Lake Association website: www.stocktonlake.com
The Dade County Veterans Memorial on the Dade
County Courthouse Lawn in Greenfield features
the names of over 3000 veterans from the Dade
Each Memorial Day weekend join area citizens for a veteran's memorial service. Take the opportunity to thank a veteran for your freedom!
Dade County Historical Society Museum
Take a step back in time at the new Dade County Historical Society Museum. There you will see fashions from days long ago. Men and ladies hats, a wedding dress from over 100 years ago, a dress worn by Mrs. Hunter when she was presented to Queen Victoria, all can be seen at the museum.
Photos and photo albums of long ago are also on display. You will see hand-woven throws, old wheelchairs, bookkeeping machines, an old cloth floor covering, and an old-fashioned rug beater. You will find postcards from the early 1900s, with pictures of beautiful buildings that no longer exist.
Barbwire collectors will enjoy seeing samples of several types. Come see the old microscope, still in very fine condition. This collection was recently donated by Mrs. Rosalie Wells.
There are many old documents of interest, such as old phone books, yearbooks, letters, and so much more. See vintage valentines, handmade cards, and a purse with a story to tell.
If you shopped in Greenfield in the past, you would probably have seen the old cash register pictured below at Rubenstein Store.
The museum is located at 429 West Water Street in Greenfield. If you have questions, would like to visit the museum or have items that you would like to donate or loan for display in the museum please call Brenda Craig at 417-637-0258.