• 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.

Things To Do

Visitors should stop at the Visitor Center for a park brochure with information about the battle, the self-guided tour, and special events.

A 4.9 mile paved tour road provides a self-guided auto tour. There are eight interpretive stops at significant battle-related locations. There are five walking trails off the tour road, varying in length from 1/4 to 3/4 of a mile. A seven mile trail system for horseback riding and hiking is accessible from the tour road. A virtual tour of the battlefield may be seen by clicking here.

The Ray House, dating from the 1850s, served as a temporary field hospital for Southern soldiers following the battle. General Nathaniel Lyon's body was brought to the house and placed in a bed for examination. The bed is on exhibit in one of the rooms. The Ray House is open on weekends (subject to staff and volunteer availability), Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The anniversary of the battle is observed with a special program and ceremony on August 10.

An annual candlelight tour is held. This program requires advance tickets and is not included as part of the regular admission charge.

Living History programs depicting Civil War soldier life, musket and artillery firing demonstrations, Civil War medicine, and other related topics are presented from Memorial Day to Labor Day on selected weekends.

NEW! CELL PHONE TOUR

Did You Know?

Sterling Price

Sterling Price, commander of the Missouri State Guard, had already served as governor of Missouri, a member of Congress, and a U.S. Army brigadier general by the time of Wilson's Creek.