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.

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from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • Family Friendly, very information, fun and interesting
  • Jeep drawn tram takes you on a 70 minute tour of the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead as well as a behind the scenes look at the Outdoor Drama.

Description

from Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead Tour
The Shepherd of the Hills is one of the most popular stories in the history of American literature. It was here that it happened... here it was written... and here it lives today!

Hop on a Jeep-drawn tram to enjoy a 60-minute tour of The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. Your first stop will be the original structure of Old Matt's Cabin, which served as the Ross family home for approximately 30 years before it was established in history through Harold Bell Wright's famous novel (and on the National Registry of Historic Places). Inside the cabin you will find numerous antiques and historical items, including clothing worn by John and Anna Ross, some of their furniture, photographs, tools, cooking utensils, and much more.

The following stop will be at a quaint church relocated to the homestead from Morgan County, Missouri. The church was constructed in 1901 and resembles one that Harold Bell Wright preached in during his time in Kansas.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at The Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama during the next phase of your tour. The tour guide will take you down on set, where you will be up close with Old Matt's steam engine and grist mill. Here you will learn all that it takes to put on this dramatic and action filled production. Homestead Tours in April run every hour on the hour beginning at 12 pm with the last tour at 4 pm.

Tours May thru October run every hour beginning at 10 am with the last one at 5 pm.

Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

Martin M.
Orwell, OH
7 Reviews
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"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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bcpr02
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
"Drive Thru Xmas Light"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2018 NEW
It has the most fantastic Xmas lights display. Just take your own pace in order to enjoy the displays.
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zzzbill
Emporia, Kansas
"Needs Updated"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2018 NEW
I have been here several times for the Trail of Lights, and overall, it is the same. It needs updating desperately. Several exhibits were without power (dark) and the older booths are looking dated and worn. The show and dinner were okay, but lackluster. The food was average (didn't help that Dixie Stampede was so awesome the night before...so there was some comparison going on), and musicians were okay, but uninspired. I love the summer play and will always support Shepherd of the Hills in the summer, but doubt I will return for Trail of Lights without some updating.
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van3300
Medford, Oregon
"Christmas on the Trail, Trail of Lights, Inspiration Tower"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 01, 2018 NEW
The show was OK if you want to hear the "cowboy" spoken by the entertainers every other word, The Trail of Lights was fun to cruise through for a Christmas Eve activity. It is hard to see anything from the tower after dark.
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peggyg739
Lonoke, United States
"Christmas lights are fantastic"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 31, 2017 NEW
We took the Trail of Lights tour and it was great. Each turn revealed a new experience. There is something for everyone.
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Z_britt
"Perfect Proposal"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 30, 2017 NEW
This place is amazing! Tracy & Sean helped my brother propose to his girlfriend in the tower and it was such a beautiful moment for them, that they will forever remember! The lights are gorgeous and it was perfect for our whole family.
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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.