Historic Tour

Experience Branson’s History

Embark on the Historic Tour, a highlight among Branson outdoor activities. It’s the gateway to experiencing the setting of the “Shepherd of the Hills” book, making it a must-visit destination for fans of historical places and Branson outdoor attractions. The Shepherd of the Hills was the beginning of the Branson phenomena. People began pouring into this area to meet the characters and see the beautiful landscape Wright has so vividly described. Enjoy a ride in an open-air Jeep-drawn tram through the wooded 160-acre park with our Ozark Native tour guide. The Historic Uncle Ike’s Post Office will be a stop on the tour, as it is now restored on our property.

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Background on The Shepherd of the Hills

In 1896, a young Christian minister by the name of Harold Bell Wright came to these Ozark Mountains for his health. While staying here, Wright fell in love with the area and the rugged spirit of the Ozark pioneers. In 1907, he published The Shepherd of the Hills, a novel about the trials and tribulations of these people. The book was so popular it was translated into seven languages and was the first American novel to sell a million copies worldwide.

Old Matt’s Cabin

Did you know that you can tour the actual original home of the main characters in Harold Bell Wright’s book, The Shepherd of the Hills? Your tour guide will take you to the beautiful Old Matt’s Cabin, which stands in its original location, and is on the National Historic Registry. Experience a living piece of Branson history. It’s a perfect spot for family fun to connect to the past.

Inspiration Point

It’s not hard to understand why Harold Bell Wright decided to camp atop what is now known as Inspiration Point and is the second highest point in Southwest Missouri. Inspiration Point has a gorgeous view that extends all the way to the Boston Mountains in Northwest Arkansas on a clear day. It was here that Harold Bell Wright penned his notes for what would become the 2nd most widely read book in publishing history. Experience the breathtaking views from one of the most scenic Branson outdoor attractions and where Wright drew the inspiration for The Shepherd of the Hills.

The Morgan Community Church

This beautiful church was saved from demolition and moved to Inspiration Point in 1991. It is quaint and simple, very similar to the churches that Harold Bell Wright ministered in as he traveled across southern Missouri. Visiting the historic site will add a unique spiritual dimension to your Branson outdoor activities.

The Legendary Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater Set

As the tour leaves Inspiration Point, you’ll travel down the mountainside to the site of Old Matt’s grist mill. The Old Mill Theatre was built into this wooded setting over 50 years ago. You’ll be able to step on the stage of the popular Branson show for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the nightly performance. The experience is a highlight for those seeking family fun in Branson.

A one-of-a-kind historically immersive experience that combines Branson outdoor activities with a deep dive into the area’s history. You can only get this at the Shepherd of the Hills historic tours!


Ticket Pricing

The Farm Tour
AdultChild (4-12)Family (2 Adults + kids under 12 living in household)
Plus tax, per person.

Calendar Below for Times & Dates. Tours run through April 18 – October 26.  Tickets are available in our box office.

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