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Since 1883, the historic Ozark Mill has been a landmark for generations of Ozark residents. Purchased by Bass Pro Shops’ Johnny Morris in the ’90s, the property will soon join Big Cedar Lodge, Top of the Rock and Wonders of Wildlife as part of the Morris family legacy. The concept: Finley Farms, a spacious new development that Morris’s daughter, Megan Morris, is spearheading. While the 40-acre project will take several years to come to fruition, developers are already making progress.
What’s Happening Now
The Ozark Mill will take center stage as the main project, reopening later this year as a functioning grain mill open for tours. For Morris, the mill is more than a tourist attraction: It’s a chapter in her family’s story. “My great-grandfather actually lived just up the road from the old mill,” Megan says. “It’s an honor to be able to preserve the role of the mill in Ozark’s history.” Her great-grandfather was also a career miller in nearby Willard, making this project particularly special.