Explore the 1860s at Lifestyle Exposition in Springfield, Missouri

The Gray/Campbell Farmstead, a Civil-War period dwelling, is a history lesson just waiting to be explored at the 23rd annual 1860s Lifestyle Exposition Sept. 20-21.

The event is at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. Hours are 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and noon-4:30 p.m. Sept. 21. The event is free to the public but donations are appreciated.

It kicks off with an old-time fiddle and music jam followed by a grand opening with a flag-raising and ribbon-cutting ceremony, of Liberty School is planned. Hearth cooking, fiber arts, horseshoe pitching, seed spitting, music, dancing, bubble wand making and demonstrations from lifestyle historians will be part of the fun.

An outdoor service reminiscent of an old-fashioned brush arbor meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 21. and the fifth annual apple pie-baking contest at 3 p.m. Rules are at graycampbellfarmstead.org.

The Gray/Campbell Farmstead is a mid-nineteenth century farmhouse, the oldest house in Springfield, that was moved to the 114-acre public park in 1984 from the intersection of James River and Kansas Expressways.

The one-room school was originally in northern Greene County and will be open for tours. Special guests include alumni and donors who had a special part in completion of this project.

For more information, call 417.725.4921 or visit graycampbellfarmstead.org or https://www.facebook.com/GrayCambellFarmstead.

For information about other things to see and do in Springfield, contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767, 417-881-5300 or visit www.SpringfieldAdventures.com.

The Friends of the Gray/Campbell Farmstead is one of several nonprofits that partner with Friends of the Garden to fulfill its mission of inspiring the discovery, understanding and appreciation of nature at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The park is also home to the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and the 20 themed gardens, 15 special collections and five naturalized areas that make up the Springfield Botanical Gardens.

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nonprofit organization dedicated to boosting the local economy through growth in travel and tourism.