Places of Interest – Willmore Lodge and the Eisenhower Center

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February 25, 2009

During my travels, I’ve come across many places of interest that I would happily return to at any time. In this newest series of posts titled Places of Interest, I’d like to share with you some of the locations that attracted my husband Paul and me as we traveled from Maryland to California and back. The first place I’ll mention is Willmore Lodge.

Willmore Lodge is a 29-room, historic pine log building now housing an interactive museum about the building of Bagnell Dam on the Osage River, which created the Lake of the Ozarks. It also houses the offices of the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The lodge overlooks the Lake of the Ozarks. At Osage Beach, Missouri, travel on State Route 54 to Business 54 to Lake Ozark, cross the Bagnell Dam, turn left past a white and blue sign to Willmore Lodge. Park and walk up a roadway toward the rustic Adirondack-style rambling complex of Western pine logs on a foundation of local stone and concrete that is Willmore Lodge. Free admission.

Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
1000 City Parkway, Osage Beach, MO 65065
Open 9am-4:30pm. M-F and 9am-3pm Sat/Sun, except special holidays


In the neighboring state of Kansas, two miles south of the Abilene exit off Interstate 70, is the Eisenhower Center. This 5-building complex includes the boyhood home of President Dwight David Eisenhower, the Eisenhower Museum with over 36,000 artifacts that include General Eisenhower’s 1942 Cadillac staff car, the Eisenhower Presidential Library that archives documents and audiovisual materials, the Place of Meditation where the Eisenhowers and their firstborn son are interred and the Visitor’s Center that offers an orientation film and gift shop.

200 SE 4th Street, Abiline, KS 67410-2900

Per the Eisenhower Center’s website:

“All buildings at the Eisenhower Center are handicapped accessible and open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. From Memorial Day until mid-August, the Museum and Visitors Center are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. All buildings are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. A small fee is charged for persons 16 years of age and older at the museum only.”

Enjoy your RVing!

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