Bollinger County and you will be greeted by rolling forested hills and
friendly folks anxious to make your visit enjoyable. The county was
the scene of Civil War skirmishes between Union and Confederate troops,
and legends about that conflict abound.
In Marble Hill, located across
the street from the 1885 Bollinger County Courthouse, is the Massey Log
House (Weekends, Memorial Day - October). The 1869 log structure
has porches running the full width of the front and back of the house and
a "dog trot" down the middle. The house is furnished with period
pieces and artifacts, including an iron cook stove and original bedstead.
The Massey House also houses many exhibits on Bollinger County history.
For a fascinating change-of-pace,
visit Duck Creek Wildlife Area, located in the southern section of the
county. With a flavor more reminiscent of the old South, Duck Creek,
and adjacent Mingo National Wildlife Refuge, in nearby Stoddard County,
have the largest area of hardwood swamp remaining in Missouri. The
area offers boardwalk nature trails and a chance to see wildlife in its
natural habitat. In the winter, Duck Creek is home to snow geese
and has two active bald eagle nests. You can hike, bird watch, canoe,
fish or hunt here, but be sure to stop by the refuge visitors center and
enjoy the interpretive displays before heading into the swamp.
Each February, this free event
at the Mingo Wildlife Refuge offers a look at America's national bird,
including guided eagle watches, movies and displays.
Enjoy the heritage of the
area in the city of Leopold during this weekend in July. Activities include
carnival rides, arts & crafts, and concessions.
In October, come enjoy the
hospitality of Bollinger County. This event includes arts & crafts,
parade, tractor pulls, talent show and live entertainment.