True Branson Entertainment: The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead

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Most people, when they look at The Shepherd of the Hills facility, only think about the legendary drama about Old Matt, Aunt Mollie, and Little Pete from Harold Bell Wright's famous book Shepherd of the Hills. Though this is a very good reason for travelers to make their way off the main 76 Strip and into the hills, this is not the only reason you should come on up to the "Hills!" There are so many other things going on that include chuckwagons, tours, and crafting. It is an all-encompassing, historical Ozark Mountain experience! Of course, take in the Shepherd of the Hills outdoor drama! Then, you can try some of these other things happening on a regular and seasonal basis.

Homestead Tour

How about touring the place where the original characters from the book called home?  A Homestead Tour will take you throughout the Shepherd of the Hills complex, showing you not only the house, but also the place where the author of the book Harold Bell Wright compiled all of his notes for the story. You'll also get to explore the Morgan Community Church, Inspiration Point, and Jenning's Still. The tour guide will recount tales of what transpired here many years ago and point out the interesting (and camera-worthy!) sights.

Inspiration Tower

Inspiration Tower is also worth a your time to climb. As the second-highest point in Missouri, you will have the opportunity to stare out on the magnificence of the Ozark Mountains and Branson. Learn about the history of the Tower and how it was constructed as well.

Sons of the Pioneers

A chuck wagon meal is available for your dining pleasure! Chuckwagons are infamous for providing more-than-enough food and dazzling entertainment set in the Old West era. The Sons of the Pioneers Chuck Wagon Dinner Show meets this standard and more. Be prepared to eat more than you can handle off of tin plates! Then laugh hysterically at the tongue-in-cheek performances of the cast. Enjoy the music they produce, too. Everything seems right out of the 19th Century!


There are also some fun season events that take place. Check out the Super Summer Cruise Car Show and see some hot cars during those hot days of the summer. There will be plenty of live entertainment, prizes, and a burn-out contest! In the Fall head out to the Hills for the Ozark Round-Up Cowboy Gathering, which celebrates the Great American Cowboy in several different ways, from food to song.

Sons of the Pioneers Chuckwagon Dinner Show
We drove all day to get here from texas and this show and dinner were worth the drive by itself. The food was great and so was the service. The sons of the the pioneers put on a top notch show singing many of their cowboy classics we have heard over the years. After the show we attended the shepherd of the hills presentation. An evening we will not soon forget.
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-- Dennis Hamblin - Springtown, TX
Inspiration Tower
This was so much fun for both me and my son. The best time to go is early in the morning because there is no crowds and you can take your time looking around.
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-- Emily Ross - Nixa, MO
Sons of the Pioneers
Being a musician myself, i thought the mix could have been better. The fiddle and bass were not loud enough and the tenor who played the fiddle vocal mic should be louder. Mixing from the stage is a hard thing to do. Not wanting to be critical that night, i will write that here. The music and vocals were great. I just hope they have more business so they can keep playing there. We would go and see them again..
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-- Mark Allerheiligen - Bremen, KS
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