The photograph of Dillard Mill that you see below is actually the second mill built on this site. The first one was built in 1850 and was named the Wisdom Mill after the owner, Frances Wisdom. It was purchased by Joseph Dillard Cottrell who changed the name. It burned down in 1895. The current mill was built by new owners of the property and built on the same site using the existing dam. The new mill was built with an underwater turbine and was completed in 1908. It remained in business until 1956. It is located on a 132 acre private property but is administered by the state of Missouri.