August 14, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

1860s Expo returns to Gray-Campbell Farm Sept. 21-22

Rediscover life in the Ozarks more than 150 years ago at the 22nd Annual 1860s Lifestyle Exposition, Saturday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 22, noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Gray-Campbell Farmstead in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield.

The expo includes the opportunity to tour the oldest house in Springfield, built in 1856 and once owned by Springfield founding father, John Polk Campbell. The house was relocated to the park in 1984 and contains many artifacts from the 1850s. The farmstead also includes an exterior log kitchen, a two-crib barn and a log granary.

Activities include:

Admission is free, but donations to the Friends of the Gray-Campbell Farmstead are accepted.

For more information, visit; or call Michelle Atkinson, President of the Friends of the Gray-Campbell Farmstead, at 417-725-4921; or e-mail

For media inquiries, call Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2176 or 417-224-5510.