• The Ray House

    Wilson's Creek

    National Battlefield Missouri

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    Due to recent heavy rains, all of the battlefield's horse trails will be closed until further notice. We regret any inconvenience.


    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 »


    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.


    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 »

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The Battle for Wilson's Creek

Established in 1950, the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation is one of the oldest private sector support groups associated with the National Park Service. It is a non-profit corporation with IRS 501(c) (3) status. Foundation members support the efforts of the National Park Service at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield with yearly membership donations to the Foundation, additional financial pledges, and volunteer involvement.

Membership is open to both individuals and corporations. Since the Foundation's initial purchase of 37 acres on Bloody Hill, site of the heaviest fighting during the battle, the Foundation has worked to preserve and protect the park. The goal of the Foundation is to enhance awareness and appreciation of this national treasure-a haven for historians and those who enjoy the outdoors.

Equally important to Wilson's Creek is the Foundation's function as the fundraising arm of the park. National Park Service policy prohibits park personnel from being actively involved in fundraising. Through memberships and other donations, the Foundation works to provide funds for projects that are not covered by the park's federal budget. Past projects supported by the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation include:

  • Construction of a picnic pavilion
  • Furnishings for the Ray House
  • Purchase of cannon carriages
  • Video system for the park Visitor Center
  • Acquisition of John K. and Ruth L. Hulston library collection
  • 130th anniversary reenactment of the battle
  • Restoration of the Edwards Cabin

The new library annex and education center (adjacent to the Wilson's Creek Visitor Center), opened in April 2003 and was built with funds raised by the Foundation and a matching government grant. Future projects of the Foundation include:

  • Purchase and placement of additional cannon carriages
  • Establishment of an endowment fund to continue the work of the Foundation

Please become a member and help us as we continue to fight the battle for Wilson's Creek!

For more information about joining the Foundation, call or write us:

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation
P.O. Box 8163
Springfield, MO 65801-8163
(417) 864-3041

or go to our website: www.wilsonscreek.com


Did You Know?

Nathaniel Lyon

Following his death at Wilson's Creek, Nathaniel Lyon's body was carried on an elaborate funeral train back to Connecticut. The train made stops in Cincinnati, Philadelphia, New York and Hartford, and thousands turned out to view his casket.