A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”
Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness
A century ago, Alley Spring was home to a small community. Today the picturesque setting is a state park in Missouri. The spring is the seventh largest in that state and flows into the nearby Jacks Fork River. A gristmill located near the spring was built in 1894. Originally white it is now painted red.