September 14, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

1860's Lifestyle Exposition at Gray-Campbell Farmstead

Life on the Ozarks frontier is showcased this weekend at the 21st annual 1860’s Lifestyle Exposition at Gray-Campbell Farmstead at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic, Springfield.

The event takes place at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead, which includes the oldest house in Springfield, built 1856 and once owned by Springfield founding father, JohnPolk Campbell. The house was relocated to the park in 1984 and contains many artifacts from the era it was built. The farmstead also includes an exterior log kitchen, a two-crib barn and a log granary.

Activities include:

The 1860’s Lifestyle Expo is Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m. (Brush arbor meeting is at 11 a.m. Sunday.) Admission is free butdonations to Friends of the Gray-Campbell Farmstead are accepted.

For more information, visit; call Michelle Atkinson, President of the Friends of the Gray-Campbell Farmstead, at 417-725-4921; or email For media inquiries, call Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2176 or 417-224-5510.