There are a number of old buildings from the turn of the century-1900's that is. They have been well maintained and most still in use today. The Bothwell Hotel has been an anchor for locals to meet and visitors to stay since 1927. It has 48 rooms, and all still featuring the theme of old days. The Fox theater looks to be newer at maybe 1950's?
Unfortunately, I was too late to visit Sedalia's Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, located on the campus of State Fair Community College, and the Katy (railroad) Depot Historic Site. More importantly, I would like to return some day to attend the annual Ragtime Festival. Several of my friends make it a point to venture to Sedalia every year for this event - the only pure classical Ragtime festival in the world.
Bothwell Lodge sits atop a scenic bluff north of Sedalia on Hwy 65. It is no longer used as hotel or residence, but is open for tours. The surrounding grounds, formerly John Homer Bothwell's Stony Ridge Farm, feature some very nice picnic areas, a hiking trail, and places for the kids to play.
The Missouri State Fair one of the largest and best in the country. Have a good time at the Fair. There are plenty of thing's to do, to see, to eat & to drink.
Have a corn dog, a beer or soda and go check out all of the exhibits. Then go to the grandstand and see the show, usually a famous band or singer. You can also watch the modified stock cars race from the grand stand. After that go to the mid-way and try out some of the rides. By now you're tired and just want to go back to your motel room and relax. That is if you can do all of this in one day (doubtful).
The luxury of the town has past, but some homes still are pretty well maintained, and kept up to date in color features. Most are from 1940-60's era.
The first church is from 1889, and now closed due to cost to maintain this huge monument. The other is the local main Methodist church and very active.
The First Methodist Church is made of Missouri limestone from Carthage. The structure was built in early 1900's, and still is active with members today.
One of Missouri's "newer" courthouses, having been built in 1924, this building also contains a collection of historical memorabilia.
Many of the buildings in downtown date to the 1870s. There are a couple of good examples of Romanesque Revival architecture, as well as several in the Italianate style.