News Release 339

Homestead Days Festival celebrated Oct. 15-16 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

Volume 39-339 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., OCT. 4, 2011 -- Experience history as it unfolds at the 27th annual Nathan Boone Homestead Days Festival Oct. 15-16 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove. This living history festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The Homestead Days Festival, which began in 1984 as the Nathan Boone Rendezvous, will include demonstrations of early agriculture in the Ozarks and 19th century crafts. Historical interpreters will tell stories of Nathan, the youngest son of Daniel Boone, and his family and their settlement in the Missouri Ozarks and the American frontier. Living history camps of mountain men and soldiers will represent Col. Nathan Boone's work as a hunter, soldier, farmer, politician, explorer, surveyor, businessman, spy and scout. Children can enjoy a variety of games and activities and the entire family can enjoy frontier music and food and refreshments provided by onsite vendors.

In conjunction with Homestead Days on Saturday, Oct.15, organizations in Ash Grove will offer tours of other historic sites of interest and fun-filled activities that continue the area’s history through the 1930s, celebrating 100 years of Ash Grove history.

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 resting place of Col. Nathan Boone.

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