HORSE TRAILS CLOSED
Due to recent heavy rains, all of the battlefield's horse trails will be closed until further notice. We regret any inconvenience.
CONSTRUCTION ON INTERSTATE 44 AT EXIT 70
Route MM is closed at Exit 70. Bridge reconstruction is scheduled at Exit 70 from Friday, August 8, 2014 to Monday, September 29, 2014. Visitors should exit I-44 at Highway 360 (exit 69), then exit 360 at MM Highway and continue south to US Highway 60. More »
HISTORIC JOHN RAY HOUSE CLOSED DURING ROOF REPLACEMENT
The Ray House will be closed intermittently through the fall of 2014 while a new roof is installed. We regret any inconvenience. Visitors may wish to call the Visitor Center at (417) 732-2662, ext. 227 to check on the status of the project.
"CAMPAIGNS & POLITICS: THE CIVIL WAR IN 1864" LECTURE SERIES
The National Park Service and the Springfield Library continue their observance of the Civil War Sesquicentennial with a series of programs focusing on 1864. Open the current issue of "Bookends" Magazine (pdf file) in the link for a full schedule. More »
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.