Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and Theater

Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater is based on the popular novel of Harold Bell Wright written while he was living in the hills just west of Branson. The homestead is a historical treasure and the site of this beautiful production. Wright's novel published in 1907 was an immediate hit and brought the rugged terrain of the Ozarks to light.

The story is a compelling one of the lives of the people of these hills and so fascinated people that they began visiting to see the people and the area described in the book.

By 1927 the first stage plays of the book were being performed on the lawn of Old Matt's Cabin. In 1934, Hwy 76 was completed and ran right through the homestead. In 1960 the Shepherd of the Hills drama was first performed in the new amphitheater. There were several expansions over the years and in 1989 the 230 ft. Inspiration Tower was completed on Inspiration Point.

The Outdoor Drama of course is the story of "The Shepherd of the Hills" and whether you read the book first or see the re-enactment first you really should do both. It is a wonderful story that became one of the most popular books in history.

Shepherd of the Hills Homestead is at 5586 West Hwy 76. This is in the

Old Matts Cabin The story is a compelling one of the lives of the people of these hills and so fascinated people that they began visiting to see the people and the area described in the book.

By 1927 the first stage plays of the book were being performed on the lawn of Old Matt's Cabin. In 1934, Hwy 76 was completed and ran right through the homestead. In 1960 the Shepherd of the Hills drama was first performed in the new amphitheater. There were several expansions over the years and in 1989 the 230 ft. Inspiration Tower was completed on Inspiration Point.

The Outdoor Drama of course is the story of "The Shepherd of the Hills" and whether you read the book first or see the re-enactment first you really should do both. It is a wonderful story that became one of the most popular books in history.

Shepherd of the Hills Homestead is at 5586 West Hwy 76. This is in the

76 WEST, the light yellow section on our area map.

Outdoor Drama

This is a major production of over 80 actors, 40 horses, a flock of sheep, guns, rifles, a burning log cabin and a 1908 DeWitt automobile complete with a hoe-down square dance at intermission. This is a show to remember and the kids will love it.

May thru October

2013 Show: May 1 – Oct 19, at 7:30 or 8:30 PM 2013 Price: Adults - $37-$42, Children 4-12 - $18-$21, Family Pass $99


Sons of The Pioneers

This is the same group that Roy Rogers started back in 1933 and though the original members are all deceased now, the group continues to perform at Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. The history of this group is an exciting story in itself.

The Chuckwagon Dinner Show and Cowboy Feast is served right off an authentic 1800's Chuckwagon. The feast starts at 4:15 PM followed by the western harmonies of the Sons of the Pioneers

May thru October

2013 Show: May 1–Oct 23 at 4:15 PM
2013 Price: Adults 17 & up-$39.00 + tax, Children 4-16-$19.00


DAYTIME ACTIVITIES


Homestead Tour

A jeep drawn tour will take you to Old Matt's Cabin, the original home of the book’s main characters. You'll travel to Inspiration Point where Harold Bell Wright camped; the view here reaches the hills of Northern Arkansas. Six statues of the main characters and Inspiration Tower also sit on this spot

You'll travel to the Old Mill Theater where you can go behind the scenes to learn how some of the special effects are achieved. Finally you'll visit "Jenning's Still" for a funny but real look at the art of making moonshine.

2013 Prices: Adults-$22.00, Children (4-16)-$10.00



Horseback Rides

If you're at least 7 years old, 4 feet tall and 250 lbs or less, you can take a trail ride on a real show horse. This will take you through the homestead on some of the trails of yesteryear where you can enjoy beautiful hills of the Ozarks.
2013 Prices: Adults-TBA


Pony Rides

The young ones will be satisfied with their own pony ride until they reach the age to take the trail ride.

Children 7 & under: TBA



Inspiration Tower - Open year-round

Two glass elevators will take you 230 ft. up to the observation deck where you'll find a panoramic view of the Ozarks. On a clear day you can see 90 miles away. A gift shop, snack bar and restrooms are on the ground floor.
2013 Prices: Adults-$10.00, Children (4-16)-$5.00



Vigilante ZipRider

Seeking a unique view of the Ozark mountains or just a thrilling family attraction to enjoy during your visit to Branson, Missouri? If so, you've gotta make the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider a definite item on your family itinerary

Why is it so exciting? It's "170 feet high, is 1/2 mile long and travels at 50 mph" which sums it up very nicely. Additionally, this thrilling ride is so simple to operate that it is fun for the whole family

2013 Prices: Adults (7 +) $29.95



Shops

Aunt Mollie's Mercantile
Inspiration Tower Gift Shop
Vining Brothers General Store
Sweet Tooth
Mozarks
Trail's End


Crafters

Jo Wannah's Leather
Morning Star Candles
Mulkey's Knifes


SPECIAL EVENTS


Super Summer Cruise

The 2nd weekend of August will bring 3 days and over 550 classic to modern cars and trucks displayed at the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. On Saturday a parade of 400 cars and trucks will move down Hwy 76 and the Shepherd of the Hills Expressway in the Shepherd's Midnight Cruise. Make your plans soon for this weekend event


Hammer In & Knife Show
Information: Coming Soon.

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES


Christmas on the Trail Chuckwagon Dinner Show

Share a cowboy Christmas around the campfire and join the singing of Christmas Carols ending with a complimentary trip through the trail of lights

November & December 5:00 PM

2013 Prices: Adults (17 +)-$39.00, Children (4-16)-$18.00


The Trail of Lights

The trail will wind you through the 160 acre homestead into a holiday wonderland. Millions of lights and festive music will get you in the Christmas spirit

November 1 & December 31


2013 Prices: TBA


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