May 17, 2012 


Four Museums Bring the Past to Life at Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks   

Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. - Plan some future family fun with a visit to the past at one of four historical museums at Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks.


The Lake area's notable people and places come to life through exhibits and artifacts at the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek, the Miller County Museum in Tuscumbia, the Morgan County Historical Museum in Versailles and Willmore Lodge in Lake Ozark.


Not only do these museums showcase the Lake area's past, but they also serve as community centers in the present. They host arts and craft shows, dances, social gatherings, art classes, entertaining and educational presentations, special holiday events, and dinner theatre. All welcome visitors free of charge, but donations are appreciated.


Camden County Museum

Camden County Historical MuseumFrom 1930 until the mid-1970s, the Camden County Museum (206 S. Locust) in Linn Creek was the Linn Creek School. Fast forward to the present and the former classrooms have become windows to the past, in which you can visit a pioneer school, a courtroom or see the vault from the old Camden County Bank. Visitors also can examine antique medical equipment, a display of vintage firearms, Civil War memorabilia and a new Native American artifacts exhibit, as well as other remnants from days gone by.


The Camden County Museum is open daily from March through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Camden County Museum or for a full schedule of museum events, please call 573-346-7191 or visit the museum's website at CamdenCountyMuseum.com.


Miller County Museum

Miller County History MuseumGet into the Ozarks pioneer spirit at the Miller County Museum (2005 Highway 52) in Tuscumbia. Catch a glimpse of life in the 1800s at two rustic, rebuilt log cabins from the Lake of the Ozarks' post Civil War era. Museum exhibits range from the Civil War to the 1940s, and include a replica of a one-room schoolhouse and a mockup of a farmhouse, complete with a variety of antique farm equipment. The museum also features a telephone switchboard from the 1940s, Civil War items (including period dresses), Osage Indian artifacts and other historical finds.


The Miller County Museum is open from May through October on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the Miller County Museum or for a full calendar of Museum events, please call 573-369-3500 or visit the museum's website at MillerCountyMuseum.org.


Morgan County Historical Museum 

Morgan Historical MuseumThe Martin Hotel was once the oldest continuously-operated hotel owned by one family in the U.S. Now, the landmark hotel houses the Morgan County Historical Museum (120 N. Monroe) in Versailles. Open from 1877 to 1972, the Martin Hotel (originally owned by Samuel and Elizabeth Martin) served as lodging for legendary guests such as infamous outlaw Frank James, showman P.T. Barnum and two U.S. Presidents - Grover Cleveland and Harry S. Truman. Of course, you can't check into the 28 rooms anymore but you can check them out - they are filled with exhibits dealing with famous visitors and objects from the history of the area. Inside the rooms are replicas of a 1927 beauty parlor, an old post office, a doctor's office and even a war-themed room.


Versailles' Morgan County Historical Museum is open on weekdays from May through October from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or for a full calendar of museum events, please call 573-378-5747 or visit the museum's MorganCoHistory.org.


Willmore Lodge Museum

Willmore Lodge InteriorIf you're interested in the rich history of industry in the Lake of Ozarks area, then Willmore Lodge should definitely be a stop on your history tour. The Adirondack-style Lodge was built in 1930 as the main administrative offices and entertainment facility for Union Electric's Bagnell Dam construction project. Today, the two-story log structure is home to the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and is a cultural activities center, but it also houses a museum. The museum highlights an exhibit about life in the area before the Dam (including an exhibit about the Osage Indians), a room presenting information about the construction of the Dam from start to finish, an area dedicated to the form and function of Bagnell Dam, and an exhibit concerning the geography, geology, flora and fauna of the Lake.


Willmore Lodge is open all year on Mondays though Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about Willmore Lodge or for a schedule of events, please call 1-800-451-4117 or visit their website at WillmoreLodge.com.


Those who plan on "time-traveling" through the Lake's rich and colorful past and present can arrange a stay at one of the Lake's many resorts, hotels, condominiums, motels, bed and breakfasts, RV Parks or campgrounds. For information on lodging, as well as dining, attractions, events, activities and much more at the popular mid-Missouri destination, check out the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau's website at FunLake.com or call 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).  


Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Both seasons are loaded with fun fairs, festivals and events at the Lake of the Ozarks. For more information about getaway packages, lodging, dining, shopping, events and attractions throughout the Lake area, contact the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the Bureau's website, FunLake.com.

June 1-3  


See amateur and professional chefs try to "smoke" the competition and listen to some down-home blues during the first Lake of the Ozarks Blues and BBQ Weekend, June 1-3 on the strip of Bagnell Dam Blvd. in Lake Ozark. This festival is free to the public and features a barbeque cook-off, live music, a vendor village with tons of Missouri products, winery displays, great food (including delicious barbeque and barbeque sauces), local artisans selling the fruits of their labor and more. For more information about the event or for more information about how to enter the cook-off, please contact Jon Hartenstein at 573-480-9866 or email JR@LakeBBQ.com.  

June 8-10


Families can get "up close and personal" as they watch canine athletes take flight in a variety of dock-jumping competitions during the 6th Annual Canine Cannonball, June 8-10 at Dog Days Bar & Grill in Osage Beach (1232 Jeffries Road on land or at the 19-mile marker on the water). Canine Cannonball is free fun for spectators who come out to cheer for their favorite breed. For more information, call Dog Days Bar & Grill at 573-348-9797.  


June 15-16


The world's most prestigious professional wakeboarding event  invades the Lake on June 15-16 at Captain Ron's Bar and Grill in Sunrise Beach. BROstock features 25 of the world's elite wakeboarders in a competition for a prize pool worth over $30,000. For more information about BROstock or for a full list of hotels, motels and resorts offering BROstock discounts, visit Brostock.com. For additional information, email brostock@liquidforce.com or call Captain Ron's at 573-374-5852.


June 8, July 13, August 10 & September 14


Hot Summer Nights, a five-part cruising series on the Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark, takes place on May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14 and will feature all makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Visitors attending the event will enjoy classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, contests, giveaways, helicopter rides, live entertainment and much more. For more information about Hot Summer Nights, call 573-964-1008 or visit CruiseHotSummerNights.com.  

For more information about these and other Lake-area springtime events or for more info about local accommodations and lodging facilities, please call The Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau toll-free at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit www.FunLake.com.


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