• The Ray House

    Wilson's Creek

    National Battlefield Missouri

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  • HISTORIC JOHN RAY HOUSE CLOSED DURING ROOF REPLACEMENT

    The Ray House will be closed for tours while a new cedar shake roof is installed. We regret the inconvenience, but the work is necessary for the preservation of the structure. The work is scheduled to begin July 7 and continue for three to four weeks.

Laws & Policies

Firearms and other weapons

Legislation – As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws to legally possess firearms in this park. Refer to Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, Public Law 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65.

Park User Responsibility – It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 571.

Weapons Prohibited in Federal Facilities – Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Refer to 18 U.S.C. Sec. 930.

Federal facilities at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield include the visitor center, library, museum, historic Ray House, and park maintenance buildings.

Did You Know?

1963 photo of Bloody Hill

The Wilson's Creek Foundation, a local grass-roots organization, began the preservation of the battlefield by raising $1,600 and purchasing 37 acres of Bloody Hill in 1951.