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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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Volunteers tell the story of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead in Nathanael Greene Park and the 5th grade program

Volunteers at Gray/Campbell Farmstead Impressive

Friends of the Garden Member Hiltrud "Sam" Webber recently spent a couple of joyful and educational hours with Betty Jane Turner, Dorothy (Dottie) Dillard, Angelica Long (and mother’s helper, daughter Savannah Long), Ryan Brown and Earl Viets, volunteers of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield, Missouri. These four volunteers graciously consented to an interview about the 5th grade program on the farmstead while awaiting the arrival of students, teachers and parents.

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The Gray/Campbell Farmstead

Oldest House in Springfield, Missouri

The Gray/Campbell Farmstead is the oldest house in Springfield, Missouri. It is Located in Nathanael Greene Park at 2400 South Scenic on the southwest side of Springfield and is adjacent to the Botanical Center, Gardens and Arboretum at Close Memorial Park. In addition to the oldest house in Springfield (circa 1856) the Farmstead boasts a log kitchen, a two crib barn, and a log granary. The house was built by James Price Gray and was later sold to his brother-in law, John Polk Campbell, nephew and name-sake of the founder of the city of Springfield. The house was occupied by the Campbell family from 1865 until the 1950's and was moved to Nathanael Greene Park in 1984 when the Kansas and James River Expressways were constructed.

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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.
If you would like to schedule a tour of the Farmstead for your group or organization, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For more information, please visit the Gray-Campbell Farmstead Website.

Farmstead Membership

Use this link to download a Gray-Campbell Farmstead Association Membership Application.
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