Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead Tour in Branson, MO

5586 W. Hwy 76Branson, MO 65616
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Overview

This one-hour seasonal tour of The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead offers a fun family daytime experience in Branson. The experience lets guests enjoy a Jeep-drawn tram ride that tours Old Matt’s Cabin—featuring antiques like old clothing, furniture, photographs, and more—and a church relocated from Morgan County, ending with a behind-the-scenes look at The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama.

Description

from Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead Tour
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 this area and the rugged spirit of the Ozark
pioneers. In 1907, he published a novel, “The Shepherd of the Hills”,
about the hardships, trials, and tribulations of these people. The story
captured the hearts and minds of the entire nation. The book was so
popular it was translated into seven languages and was the first
American novel to sell a million copies worldwide. People began
pouring into this area to meet the characters and see the beautiful
landscape Wright had so vividly described.

“The Shepherd of the Hills” novel was the beginning of the Branson
phenomena. And now you have an opportunity to visit the homestead
where the book was actually written. Enjoy a ride in an open-air jeep-drawn tram through the wooded 160-acre homestead. Your Ozark Native guide will take you through Old Matt’s Cabin where three of the
leading characters in the novel actually lived. This log cabin sets just as
it did 130 years ago, and it is on the National Register of Historical
Places. You will stop at the highest point in Southwest Missouri, where
Mr. Wright camped while writing the book. The view is so spectacular
that he named this hill Inspiration Point. It is now the home of the
famous Inspiration Tower, a 230-foot observation tower and also six
statues of characters out of the novel. Next, you will head down to the
location of Old Matt’s Saw Mill and Grist Mill, which is part of the
backdrop for the Legendary Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater.
You will get a backstage look at how the book has so vividly been
brought to life for almost 60 years. It is the most performed outdoor
play in the world. And the tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to
Jennings’ Still, where a real hillbilly will give you a look at the lost art of
making MOONSHINE!! Lot’s of Ozark history, laughs and good, clean
family fun!!

Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Kimbra Henry
Topeka, KS
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Lots of memories"
July, 2018
Our extended family recently took the homestead tour - and had a great time. The guide was one of the cast members -and was quite a gentleman. This is a must-see for those who value what Branson stands for; God and family. I remember doing Shepherd of the Hills when I was a little girl -and I know this is where it all started.
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Holly Larsen
Council Bluffs, IA
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Fun & informative tour"
June, 2018
Our tour guide was super friendly and very informative, I wish I could remember his name!
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Tip: Go early when its warm out!

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Paula Langton
Norborne, MO
7 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Growing and Awesome"
June, 2018
No one should go to Branson and not got to Shepard of the Hills. They have and are adding even more attractions to the property. This place is so fantastic. You can take the entire family and have a great day. If you have never read or even know about the book (Shepard of the Hills) read it or go learn all about it and then read it.
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Tip: Awesome place. Great fun, history, and family time all the way around. LOVE it.

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Cathy Buresh
Blair, WI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful!"
June, 2018
Jacob, alias, Wash Gibbs, gave us a personal tour with all the "extras". We loved hearing the history of the Ozarks and highly recommend the tour and drama. Thank you Jacob!!!
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Martin M.
Orwell, OH
7 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great Experience!"
February, 2015
A must for history lovers. Read the book "The Shepherd of the Hills" available everywhere in Branson.
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Kris J
Murchison
"Vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
We went to the play and enjoyed it. It was cold and breezy the night we went, but wrapped up in coat and blanket and had great time.
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Gail H
"Great evening"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
We saw this outdoor play about 20 years ago and decided to go again on this trip to Branson. It was wonderful. The cast was outstanding and the story is timeless. From the time we parked the car and took the shuttle to the homestead to the end of the play, there were people to guide, help and entertain. Don't miss this on your next trip to Branson!
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Angela R
Bismarck, Arkansas
"Thanks to Tracy"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 15, 2018 NEW
Tracy was a blessing in helping plan our first time there as a special trip with our youngest daughter. The Jim Barber show was funny & the meal was great! We enjoyed the outdoor show as well & look forward to visiting again during Christmas in the future.
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Joy H
"Great Show and Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2018 NEW
I finally got a chance to visit the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theatre at age 54. I travel to Branson frequently but have never had time to see this show or the park itself. The homestead tram tour we took was great and our tour guide Jacob was a hoot!! I am afraid of heights but went on the Ziprider zipline anyway!! What a blast! The outdoor theatre show was full of drama and action. Our tour guide just happened to play the bad guy in the show!! It was really, really good!!!
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Krissie L
"ATV Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2018 NEW
This tour was so much fun! I highly recommend it! Book early because it fills up quickly- they only have 7 ATVs. It was one of the best things we did in Branson!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead Tour

How long is the tour?
The tour is approximately 60 to 70 minutes long.

When are tours available?
Tours in April run every hour on the hour beginning at 12:00pm with the last tour at 4:00pm. Tours May thru October run every hour on the hour starting at 10:00am with the last tour departing at 5:00pm.