Historic Farm Tour in Branson, MO

Shepherd of the Hills Homestead Adventure Park5586 W 76 Country BlvdBranson, MO 65616
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Explore the 160-acre working homestead where Harold Bell Wright's famous ‘Shepherd of the Hills’ was penned! Enjoy a ride in an open-air Jeep-drawn tram as you stop to visit the Old Matt's Cabin, Inspiration Point, The Morgan Community Church, and more. This historical tour across the beautiful landscape he so vividly described is led by an Ozark-native guide.

up to 1.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Branson Travel Experts
  • This guided tour is taken in a covered, open-air tram.
  • Tour is led by an Ozark native tour guide.
  • Shepherd of the Hills is located at 5586 W 76 Country Blvd Branson, on the outskirts of Branson.
  • Park at the main entrance (by the restaurant).
  • Expect to spend approximately 90 minutes on this tour.
  • Family-friendly and great for all ages.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • A gift shop and concessions are available in the ground level of Inspiration Tower.


from Historic Farm Tour
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.

Now you have an opportunity to visit the farm where the book was actually written! Enjoy a ride in an open-air Jeep-drawn tram through the wooded 160-acre farm with our Ozark Native tour guide.

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.

In 1896, a young Christian minister by the name of Harold Bell Wright came to these Ozark Mountains for his heath. 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.

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 the hillside where he camped and 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.

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.

A one-of-a-kind historically immersive experience you can only get at the Shepherd of the Hills farm tours!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Historic Farm Tour

Is parking provided?

Park at our main entrance (by the restaurant).

What should I wear?

Wear casual, comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather.

Where is Shepherd of the Hills located?

Shepherd of the Hills homestead and family entertainment park is at 5586 W 76 Country Blvd Branson, MO 65616. It's on the outskirts of Branson about 2 miles before you get to Silver Dollar City.

Is the tour appropriate for children?

Yes, this tour is great for all ages.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, Shepherd of the Hills has plenty of great photo opportunities.

How long is the tour?

Plan to spend about an hour and a half.

What’s included in my experience?

An opportunity to visit the farm where The Shepherd of the Hills was written! Enjoy a ride in an open-air Jeep-drawn tram through the wooded 160-acre farm with an Ozark native tour guide

Can I bring my pet?

Service animals only.