Experience History! Points of Interest on this tour will undoubtedly intrigue many.
Did you know that you can tour the actual original home of the main characters in Harold Bell Wright's book, The Shepherd of the Hills? Your tour guide will take you to beautiful Old Matt's Cabin, which stands in its original location, and is on the National Historic Registry.
It's not hard to understand why Harold Bell Wright decided to camp atop what is now known as Inspiration Point. It is the second-highest point in Southwest Missouri. On a clear day, the incredible view at Inspiration Point extends all the way to the Boston Mountains in Northwest Arkansas! This is where Harold Bell Wright penned his notes for what would become the 2nd most widely read book in publishing history. You get to experience the breathtaking views from the hillside where he camped and drew the many and colorful inspirations for The Shepherd of the Hills.
One of the stops on the tour is the Morgan Community Church. This beautiful church was saved from demolition and moved to Inspiration Point in 1991. Quaint, simple, and similar to the churches that Harold Bell Wright ministered in as he traveled across Southern Missouri, it is the perfect addition to the Point.
As the tour leaves Inspiration Point and travels down the mountainside, you'll see the site of Old Matt's grist mill. The Old Mill Theatre was built into this wooded setting over 50 years ago! You'll get to step on stage and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of where the popular nightly drama is performed. You'll even learn how some of the amazing special effects are achieved.
The tour guides are exceptional, experienced guides. You'll want to bring a bit of cash to tip them if you're so inclined.
The Trail of Lights is located on the Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead on Highway 76, 2 miles west of the RFD TV Theater.
Hours of Operation
The tours will start May 4- Oct 23
10AM & 12PM & 2PM
Arrive 15 minutes early
Check-in at Aunt Mollies Mercantile
Reservations are Required.
24-hour cancellation, please.
Weather permitting. Subject to change without notice.