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HUNTER-DAWSON STATE HISTORICAL SITE
Edge Wade, December 2008
19.8 acres  New Madrid Co.  DeLorme 68, H-4
GPS:  36.6150453823033,-89.5320510864258
 
Directions: From I-55 exit #49 (New Madrid), turn onto US 61/62 south and continue for 2.5 miles to Rt. U. Go left (east) onto Rt. U/Dawson Rd. for .8 mile. The historic site office and parking is on the right; the home and grounds are on the left.
 
When to Visit/Species to Expect:  Good birding for passerines in spring migration, possibly also in autumn; nesting species in summer.
 
Note:  This is a delightful site to visit with a non-birder.  The mansion tour is a pleasant diversion.
 
Features of interest to birders:  The perimeter of the historical site is comprised of large trees and thick “fencerow” type vegetation.  A large open area dominated by a large tree offers good viewing opportunities.
 
Note: Hunter-Dawson Park located on State Hwy. U adjacent to the Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site is a  24.3 acre city park. Although much is developed, it has a .7 mile walking trail and restroom facilities.  The portion contiguous with the historic site and the cemetery are worth exploring.
 
Toilets: In historic site office.
 
Camping:  None.
 
Hazards/Limitations:
 
Nearby Birding Sites:  New Madrid Bend Access, St. John’s Bayou Access, Donaldson Point CA.