Information about the Gray/Campbell Farmstead.

Liberty School Grand Opening and Dedication

Event video now on YouTube
Greene County University of Missouri Extension Council
Video by David Burton, Published on Sep 21, 2014

The grand opening event for Liberty School took place Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The historic school is located in the Gray-Campbell Farmstead portion of the Springfield Botanical Gardens, 2400 S. Scenic Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807.

This video is of the dedication ceremony. Liberty School is a restored one-room school in Springfield, Mo. Thanks to the Springfield-Greene County Park Board for supporting the project and to the many donors who contributed and Norma Tolbert for her dedication to the project.

For more information visit the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance at

Saving Liberty School Opening Celebration Comments

Liberty School one room schoolhouse, photo by David Burton

Comments written and delivered by Norma Tolbert

Thank you to Michelle Atkinson for saying a few words of introduction.  She has served as President of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead board several years, I believe a couple of times.  A very devoted volunteer who raised her 4 children learning and helping on the farmstead.

Today we are giving ‘New Life’ to the old Liberty School.  The Saving Liberty project has been an event in the making for 6 or 7 years.  I’ve been told when Betty Jane Turner led the preservation of the Gray/Campbell family home she envisioned having a one-room school at the site.  Finally, in 2007 the idea was discussed by the Friends of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead board when a member of the board, Vera Chandler, suggested it would be good to add education to the 5th grade spring and fall curriculum the farmstead provides.  For students this is a historic "hands on" day that coordinates with Springfield School’s history curriculum, a re-enactment of life around the 1850’s that their grandparents and great grandparents lived when they settled on the Kickapoo Prairie.   

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Gray-Campbell 1860's Lifestyle Exposition turns back the clock in Springfield each fall

Written by George Freeman

Mark Twain had Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer skin the occasional cat – and avoid book learn’n at all cost. But there is a easier way to avoid the classroom and still learn a few lessons about the old days and ways. You could partake of the Annual Lifestyle Exposition at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead each fall. You could turn back the calendar and adjust your inner clock to a more relaxed pace. You could sing the old songs, lift your voice, bow your head or just contemplate the richness of our lives. You could pitch horseshoes and spit seeds for the honor of it. You could sample pies or even bring one to be considered for a top prize. You could hear music, dance if you like, and learn about whittlin’ and wood carvin’. You can also hear about plans to relocate the old Liberty School, built in the 1850s, to the farmstead property.

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The Gray/Campbell Farmstead is a Friends of the Garden Partner.


About the Farmstead

The Gray-Campbell Farmstead is a not-for-profit historic site dedicated to teaching younger generations about life in the 1860's.
The Farmstead is open Sundays in April and October, Saturdays and Sundays in May through September, 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM and for longer hours during annual events, such as the 1860's Lifestyle Exposition.
Membership in the Gray-Campbell Farmstead Association is vital to ensure this treasure is maintained and available to future generations. If you would like to become a member, please download and fill out the membership application below.
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For more information, please visit the Gray-Campbell Farmstead Website.

Farmstead Membership

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