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 two to three weeks.
11th ANNUAL MEMORIAL LUMINARY DRIVING TOUR
AT WILSON'S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD
ADMISSION IS FREE!!
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield presents the 11th Annual Memorial Illumination Ceremony, featuring over 2,539 luminaries, representing those killed, wounded, or missing at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, August 10, 1861.
WHEN: Saturday, December 13, 2014.
WHERE: Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Republic, Missouri. Directions: Travel west on the James River Freeway (Hwy 60) to exit Hwy M. Go south on M for about ¾ mile to Wilson's Creek Blvd. (Hwy ZZ). Turn south on Wilson's Creek Blvd., go one mile to Farm Rd 182. Then, turn east on Farm Rd 182 and the first right is the entrance to the park.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
4:30 pm Opening Ceremony at the Visitor's Center
5:00 pm Volunteer Procession through Illumination
5:15 pm Memorial Illumination Tour Opens to Public
Over 2,000 people expected to tour Illumination from 5:15 pm to 9:30 pm
EVENT DETAILS: Over one hundred volunteers, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War,Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation members, Ozark Civil War Roundtable members, and other community organizations will participate in this event, assembling the luminaries and distributing them along the five-mile tour road through the park.
A luminary is a paper bag filled with sand and a lighted candle. A special candle will be utilized this year to honor our park volunteers.
Living history volunteers, carolers, and re-enactors at the Ray House will bring the past to life. Visitors are encouraged to tour the Ray House and learn about the hardships faced by local families during the Civil War. Music, refreshments, and information will be provided at the visitor center.
Vehicles will use parking lights only for the five-mile driving tour through the National Battlefield, with stops at the Visitor Center and the Ray House. There are no restrooms along the tour route.
The tour road will close at noon on December 13 to complete preparations.