Historic Route 66
Historic Route 66 - Known both as America's Main Street and The Mother Road, US Route 66 was initiated on November 11, 1926. This highway became one of the most famous roads in America, running from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, andCalifornia, before ending at Los Angeles, covering a total of 2,448 miles (3,940 km).
Today, preservation groups are working hard to restore remaining portions and landmarks of this great highway, while educating people of its significance and history.
Route 66 runs east to west just north of Blackberry Creek Retreat Bed and Breakfast, through Marshfield and Northview. We have maps and videos regarding this great highway. We are members of The Route 66 Association of Missouri.
Historic Grist Mills
Historic Grist Mills - Missouri is home to many turn-of the century grist mills, where area families met to have their harvest grains m floured and milled, lumber cut, and wool worked. Many of our guest make a partial day trip SE of Blackberry Creek Retreat B&B into Ozark County, where (4) very popular and restored mills stand today. You can catch a lunch or dinner at Rockbridge or Dawt Mills, and drive short distances to see the beautiful Hodgson and Zanoni Mills. For a MAP, click HERE. Be sure and take your camera.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum - located in nearby Mansfield (Wright County), Laura Ingalls, her husband Almanzo Wilder and their daughter Rose moved here to Rocky Ridge Farm in 1894. It was here that she wrote and published her "Little House" book series beginning in 1932.
The grounds contain the home where Laura lived and wrote her books, a Museum with artifact's and exhibits spanning the lives of pioneer living described in her books, and a store where books, videos and souvenirs can be purchased.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds & Village - Another Ozarks jewel and well known enterprise is Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (Mansfield, MO). Started circa 1998 by 17-year-old Jere Gettle, Baker Seed offers 1300 varieties of heirloom seeds from 70 countries , the largest in the USA. It did not stop with his catalog, which distributes to over 400,000 gardeners. Jere and his family have built a wonderful Bakersville Village, complimenting his store, with an attraction that brings in several thousand visitors to Baker Seeds Festivals, and has been featured on Martha Stewart, Oprah's Magazine, the New York Times, and many press and magazine outlets.