Homestead Days Festival is Oct. 17-18 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

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Volume 37-359 For Immediate Release: Oct. 1, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Experience history as it unfolds at the Homestead Days Festival on Oct. 17-18 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, this living history festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and is free and open to the public.

Activities will include demonstrations of early 19th century crafts and Ozark agriculture. Living history camps will represent Nathan Boone's careers as a hunter, soldier, farmer, politician, explorer, businessman and scout. Historical interpreters will be available both days to tell stories of the Boones and their connection to the Ozarks.

Sunday's activities will include a 19th century-style church service, farm and craft demonstrations, and living history encampments.

Enjoy hot food provided by Slagle Creek BBQ in the site's picnic area, and work off your meal with a hike through the site's 400 acres of grasslands and woods.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on Highway V. The historic site preserves the last home and grave of Nathan Boone.

For more information, call the historic site at 417-751-3266 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at