Area settlement began in the 1820s. Morgan County was organized from Cooper County in 1833 with Versailles being named the county seat. The northern half of the county is prairie farmland while the southern half is wooded hills and bottomlands.
The economy of Morgan County was forever altered by the construction of the Bagnell Dam in 1929-31 and the formation of the Lake of the Ozarks along its southern border.
Missouri has a continental climate with considerable local and regional variation. The average annual temperature is 50 degrees in the northwest, but about 60 degrees in the southeast. The area has an annual mean temperature of 56 degrees with 29 degrees in January and 80 degrees in July. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Missouri was -40 degrees in Warsaw on February 13, 1905. The hottest recorded temperature was 118 degrees in Warsaw and Union on July 14, 1954.
Stover has an excellent school system from pre-school through 12th grade. Higher educational needs in the region are served by Lincoln University, Central Missouri State University, Southwest Baptist University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, Ozarks Technical Community College and others.
Hospitals and medical centers near Stover include Bothwell Regional Health Center, Lake Regional Health System and Royal Oaks Hospital.
Nearby Versailles, the Morgan County seat, is home to the annual apple festival which offers a carnival, parade, live entertainment stages, live theater performance, car cruise and many vendor booths. Only 10 miles away is Gravois Mills, a quiet community on the Gravois Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. It has free paved boat launching and parking areas plus several marinas for your boating needs. There are also 4 major caves within 30 miles.
The Lake of the Ozarks, which allows home and dock ownership right on the water, features a Bassmasters fishing tournament each year. It has some 17,441 acres of water and offers a wide variety of recreational activities. On shore, hikers, backpackers, equestrians and bicyclists can use one of 12 trails that wind through oak and hickory forests and sunny glades providing bluff-top lake views. Visitors can also take a guided tour of Ozark Caverns, best noted for its formation of stalactites and waterfalls known as "Angels' Showers." Water enthusiasts can make use of the park's 2 swimming beaches or rent a boat at one of the park's marinas. And while the Lake of the Ozarks State Park's natural beauty remains untouched, visitors are just minutes away from shopping, restaurants and a variety of entertainment options.
Come and check out Stover, Morgan County and the West Lake Area of the Lake of the Ozarks today. Let us help you with any and all of your real estate needs. We're sure you'll love the down-to-earth lifestyle here and all the recreational opportunities our area offers.