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“This one has a beautiful visitors center with interactive displays”

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Republic
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

This battle has lots of drama among the commanders and the first general to die in battle. Some serious mistakes were made that lost the battle for the Union. Do not miss the Ray house; if you go on the right day you can have a tour. Otherwise, look in the windows. Their story is fascinating. The scenery is beautiful, and the Wire Road (Telegraph Road) plays a major role as it does at Pea Ridge and Fort Donelson.

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Reviewed August 5, 2011

Wilson's Creek Battlefield is a wonderful experience for those who enjoy history, especially the Civil War. It was the first major battle in the west and set the tone for how important this border state would be. The Visitor Center provides a wonderful orientation film and interesting exhibits. The one-way road through the park has approximately 8 stops, where you can get out and experience the setting much the way it was back in 1861. Use a park provided map and/or by an audio CD for more details. Cornfields have been replanted as they would have been at the time in different sections. The Ray House is an original structure (which is amazing), and the one monument on the entire battlefield is dedicated to Nathaniel Lyon, the first general who was killed in the Civil War. There are short walks (to Lyon's monument, Price's Headquarters, etc.) so if you are visiting during summer make sure to take some water along. Longer walking trails are also available if you want to venture out along the battlefield areas. There are even horse riding trails.

Thank DGMAC
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

My friend and I visited Wilson's Creek National Battlefield on June 11th, 2011 and while we had been there before, this visit gave us a better grasp and appreciation for what happened in August of 1861. The entire battlefield is very well preserved and maintained and displays Civil War history as well as Ozark scenery at it's best. I have been to a plethora of different battlefields (Gettysburg, Antietam, Pea Ridge, Yorktown, Stones River, Vicksburg and some smaller ones) and can say that Wilson's Creek is at the top of the list when it comes to what they've done to preserve this area. The museum at Wilson's Creek rivaled anything I've been to outside of Gettysburg as far as Civil War museums go. The folks working there were top notch friendly and knowledgeable and made our trip fun and interesting. The park is a very affordable $5 to drive through and the museum is free (donations accepted). The Ray house and there spring house was interesting and is amidst some beautiful Ozark rolling hills. The park's brochures that they give you to understand the battle and what occurred, which armies were where, where General Lyon for example was killed, makes the tour more interesting, as does the different markers you can read at stopping points. I would definitely recommend Wilson's Creek for anyone to visit if they are even remotely interested in the bloodiest conflict that ever happened on U.S. soil....It's well worth the time and money....

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Reviewed June 24, 2009

We stopped at Wilson's Creek on June 20, over Father's Day weekend. To celebrate Father's Day, the site was "fee free," so there was no charge to do the driving tour. The film in the visitor's center was very interesting and informative. We did the driving tour, and stopped at each location. We were also lucky enough to be there on a day when the Ray House was open for tours; our kids loved going inside and seeing how people lived "in the old days!" The volunteer guide at that stop was really informative and involved our kids in her discussion. Later in the day, a cannon firing demonstration was scheduled, but we were unable to stay that long. Overall, we really enjoyed the way the tour was set-up, the wealth of information available, and the extremely friendly parks volunteers and employees.

Thank Briosochick
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Reviewed August 12, 2006

We toured this battlefield while in Springfield. My family had never visited a civil war battlefield. The first stop is the visitors center. The staff was very friendly. We saw a short film about the battle at the visitors center, and a display that showed the details about the battle. We bought a token to get through the gate for the driving tour that cost $10 for our car. We drove around the battlefield and stopped at each site for information and took short hikes to observe everything. It is very interesting to think of what took place here. This is a nice place to visit if you are interested in history, especially the civil war.

Thank Dutchboy58
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