One-Day Adventures: 5 Day Trips Blosser House Guests Will Love

The Henry Blosser House 1874 Country Inn & Barn is located in the heart of Missouri, close to big-city conveniences, small-town charms, historic attractions and recreational opportunities. If you and your guests are looking for day-trip opportunities during your Blosser House stay, you have options galore! Check out these five fun excursions.

1. Malta Bend

There’s a big dig planned in the middle of a farm field just north of the Blosser House, near the small town of Malta Bend. The visionary Hawley family that found and recovered the sunken Steamboat Arabia, and built a Kansas City museum that showcases the amazing cargo from that once-buried treasure, has located another lost ship. The Steamboat Malta sunk in 1841, and the Hawleys’ test dig indicates it was full of cargo headed to trading posts in the north. Watch the video about the test dig, and check out the website for updates on the Malta excavation schedule.

2. Katy Trail State Park

The Katy Trail is a 240-mile recreational trail that crosses Missouri between the towns of Clinton to the west and Machens to the east. Built in the footprint of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad’s former corridor, the Katy Trail has the distinction of being the longest rail trail in the country, and serves hundreds of thousands of bikers, hikers, and horseback riders each year. You’ll find trailheads nearby in Sedalia, Clifton City, Pilot Grove, Boonville, New Franklin and Rocheport. The trail meanders through pristine rural areas, delightful small towns, Missouri wine country, and alongside the Missouri River. Learn more and check out the map at the Katy Trail State Park website.

3. Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

Civil War buffs won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site in Lexington, Missouri. The lovely and historic Oliver Anderson house sits at the center of this site, which was the location of a bloody three-day battle in 1861. A modern visitor center features artifacts, photographs, and a film that recounts the battle. While you’re in Lexington, stop by the courthouse and see the Civil War cannonball that remains embedded in one of its columns. Visit the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site website for information on the attractions and hours of operation.

4. The Nicholas Beazley Aviation Museum

Russell B. Nicholas and Howard Beazley of Marshall, Missouri were early pioneers of the airplane industry. In fact, they helped the fledgling industry get off the ground, so to speak, with their aircraft parts supply company and flying school. The Nicholas Beazley Aviation Museum in Marshall celebrates the important accomplishments of these men and is filled with fascinating artifacts and displays devoted to the development of the aviation industry. The museum, located at 1985 S. Odell in Marshall, is open on weekends and group tours may be arranged for other days. Learn more at the website.

5. Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

Head toward Sedalia on U.S. Highway 65 and you’ll see a castle sitting high atop a hill. That’s the one-time playground of nature-lover John Homer Bothwell, a Sedalia attorney who built a grand, 12,000-square-foot stone structure with commanding views of the countryside. Wander through the grand home, built as a recreational lodge for Bothwell and his friends. Most of the furniture is original to the lodge. The site also includes three miles of looping hiking/biking trails. Visit the website for hours of operation and maps of the property.

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