Shepherd of the Hills Historic Tour

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Branson, US
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Branson, US
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Discover the captivating history of The Shepherd of the Hills on this one-of-a-kind Jeep-drawn tram tour. Join your local guide as they transport you through the 160-acre homestead, where you'll explore Old Matt's Cabin, a National Register of Historic Places site that brings the novel to life. Take in the breathtaking view from Inspiration Point, where author Harold Bell Wright camped while writing the book. Immerse yourself in the beauty and charm that inspired countless visitors to this area. Whether you're a fan of the novel or simply interested in experiencing a piece of Branson's rich history, this tour is a must-do for families and history enthusiasts alike. Don't miss your chance to step back in time and explore the homestead where this iconic book was written.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 1 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Ride in open-air, Jeep-drawn tram
  • Visit the historic Old Matt's Cabin
  • Explore Morgan Church at Inspiration Point
  • Experience the panoramic view at Inspiration Point
  • Learn about the origins of Branson and The Shepherd of the Hills
  • Guided tour
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuity

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Get ready to step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history of Branson with the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Tour. This one-hour tour takes you on a journey through several iconic sites, providing a glimpse into the region's past. Hop aboard an open-air, Jeep-drawn tram and let a knowledgeable local guide lead you through a captivating narrative that brings history to life. From Old Matt's Cabin to Inspiration Point, you'll explore the very places that inspired the novel "The Shepherd of the Hills" by Harold Bell Wright. As you traverse the 160-acre homestead, you'll be transported to a time when Branson was just beginning to capture the hearts of visitors. Don't miss this family-friendly daytime experience that combines education, entertainment, and the breathtaking beauty of the Ozarks.

What to expect?

During this 60-minute tour, you can expect to embark on a fascinating journey through the historic Shepherd of the Hills sites. Buckle up and enjoy the ride on an open-air, Jeep-drawn tram as your friendly Ozark native guide shares captivating stories and insights about the area. Discover Old Matt's Cabin, a log cabin that has stood for over 130 years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore Morgan Church and soak in the stunning views from Inspiration Point, where Harold Bell Wright found inspiration for his renowned novel. This tour offers an immersive experience that allows you to connect with the past, appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape, and gain a deeper understanding of the origins of Branson.

Who is this for?

The Shepherd of the Hills Historic Tour appeals to a wide range of individuals, including families, history enthusiasts, and nature lovers. Whether you're a local resident looking to delve into the heritage of your community or a tourist seeking a unique cultural experience, this tour is for you. Perfect for all ages, the tour offers an educational and entertaining outing for families who want to learn about Branson's roots while having fun together. History buffs will appreciate the opportunity to visit the actual locations described in Harold Bell Wright's novel, while nature enthusiasts will be captivated by the beauty of the wooded homestead and panoramic views from Inspiration Point. This tour is designed to be inclusive and enjoyable for anyone intrigued by the history and natural wonders of Branson.

Why book this?

The Shepherd of the Hills Historic Tour stands out as a must-book experience in Branson. With its unique combination of history, storytelling, and scenic beauty, this tour provides an extraordinary opportunity to transport yourself to the past. Step into the pages of "The Shepherd of the Hills" and witness the places that inspired the novel firsthand. Led by a knowledgeable guide, you'll gain insights into the characters and events that shaped the region. The open-air, Jeep-drawn tram adds an adventurous and nostalgic touch to the experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the surroundings. Whether you're a fan of literature, a history buff, or simply seeking a memorable outing, this tour offers a remarkable blend of education and entertainment against the backdrop of the picturesque Ozarks.

Good to know

For potential buyers, it's important to note that this one-hour tour begins and ends at Aunt Mollie's Mercantile and Ticket office, located at the Main Entrance to Shepherd of the Hills. The tour operates during the day, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the surroundings in full daylight. The itinerary includes stops at several significant sites, such as Old Matt's Cabin and Inspiration Point, each offering their own historical and scenic delights. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for exploring outdoor locations. If you're a fan of literature, don't miss the chance to visit the very homestead where "The Shepherd of the Hills" was penned. Get ready for an enlightening and unforgettable adventure through Branson's past.


Numerous individuals who have embarked on the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Tour have shared their enthusiastic feedback. Visitors have lauded the tour as an enlightening and captivating experience that allows them to step back in time. They praise the knowledgeable guides who bring the history to life with their engaging storytelling. The scenic beauty of the homestead and panoramic views from Inspiration Point have left a lasting impression on many travelers. Families in particular appreciate the tour's family-friendly nature and the opportunity it provides for children to learn about history in an engaging way. Overall, reviewers have expressed high levels of satisfaction with the tour, affirming its value as a unique and enriching addition to their Branson visit.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

The Shepherd of the Hills

Enjoy a ride in an open-air, Jeep-drawn tram through the wooded, 160-acre homestead. Your Ozark native guide with take you through Old Matt's Cabin where three of the leading characters in the novel, The Shepherd of the Hills actually lived. This log cabin sits just as it did 130 years ago and is on the National Register of Historic Places. You will visit Morgan Church during your stop at Inspiration Point which is the highest point in Southwest Missouri where Harold Bell Wright camped while writing the book. The view is so spectacular that the name of this hill is Inspiration Point. The Shepherd of the Hills was the beginning of the Branson phenomena. People began pouring into this area to meet the characters and see the beautiful landscape Wright has so vividly described- And now you have an opportunity to visit the homestead where the book was actually written!

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It was wonderful! John was amazing. Learned SO much and I can mark off one off of My bucket list. 🪣 ! Great! Can't say enough good things for my and my family. Thank you for making our trip so much FUN!!


Wonderful tour, guide very knowledgeable about area, and events. Would definitely book this again. Learned so much more than the book entails.


Full of history, interesting facts, and great narration. Cowboy John is seventh generation so his family knew the people in the story. He said the book is 75% history and 25% spice to make the story engaging. Cowboy John is a walking encyclopedia who has a great demeanor and friendly attitude. I highly recommend this tour especially is Cowboy John is your narrator.

Linda Paulk B

Passing story, cowboy John was an excellent guide who was not just hired and memorized the script, he’s actually lived it as a family member of the neighborhood.


My adult son and I went to Shepherd of the Hills, we did the copperhead coaster and the historical tour and we had such a good time. Our tour guide on the tour guide was great, he was funny and knew his history. I would suggest if you have 2 or 3 hours this was well worth it.


What a great history tour cowboy John was very informative. Friendly and nice. Enjoyed the history. Hearing how the building gets on fire is pretty cool.


John our guide, was extremely knowledgeable about the location, history and facts of this tour. It was very enjoyable, and our group happened to be small, so we had a more personal experience and probably got to see a few things that others would not. It was really great to learn about the history of the Shepherd of the Hills, and we all bought the book too!


Catfish was our guide. He made the tour most interesting with his encyclopedic information and vast array of experiences. My favorite parts were investigating the old post office and cabin with the numerous gadgets and furniture.


The guide, Emily, was excellent. The scenery was beautiful. I would recommend familiarizing yourself with the story of The Shepherd of the Hills as this would make the tour more meaningful. Overall fun experience


Uncle Matt’s cabin and the marvelous view are well worth the visit. It’s also historically informational
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