Trip Ideas: Famous From the Ozarks
The only Missourian ever elected president was born in this region of the Show-Me State, where a well-known author penned a classic book series, an innovator dreamed up the Kewpie, and a scientist learned to love the world around him.
Morning
Harry S Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, was born here in 1884. Furnishings from the period fill the home. Free tours.
1009 Truman, Lamar MO 64759, 417-682-2279
Hours: Year round: Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; March-October: Sun., noon-4 p.m.
Butler is the birthplace of science fiction writer Robert Heinlein. The library addition houses memorabilia and original books, including "Starship Troopers" and "Puppet Master." Heinlein is most famous for "Stranger In a Strange Land."
100 W. Atkison St., Butler MO 64730, 660-679-4321
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Evening
Unwind from your road trip at these cottages, located among the rolling Ozark hills. Each cottage includes: two sleeping areas, a sleeper sofa, a double bed or two twin beds, a full bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, heating and cooling, and a deck overlooking the pond.
2991 Route A, Mansfield MO 65704, 417-924-1345
Hours: Office: 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
It's a little more than an hour's drive from Bonniebrook to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum. Wilder wrote her beloved Little House books while living at Rocky Ridge Farm, near Mansfield.
3068 Route A, Mansfield MO 65704, 877-924-7126
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Afternoon
The drive from the Carver site to Bonniebrook takes about two hours. At Bonniebrook, see the home of Rose O'Neill - artist, author, activist, illustrator, inventor, and the first female cartoonist in America (she created the Kewpie character). Free admission every day for walking trails, picnic area, outdoor sculpture, and historic cemetery. Bonniebrook is located nine miles north of Branson.
Walnut Shade, MO 65771
800-539-7437'> 485 Rose O'Neill Road, Walnut Shade MO 65771, 800-539-7437
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.