Ray House Jamboree - Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Aug 4, 2012
June 7, Saturday, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. -Ray House Jamboree–Civil War period music, demonstrations, and activities, along with a BBQ. The WICR Foundation will be sponsoring a barbeque dinner from 5:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the BBQ will support the Foundation's proposed activities.

To attend, normal park admission of $5 per person or $10 per car will apply.

For more info, and a full schedule of the "Arts in the Park" concerts can be found at these links:




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Aug 4, 2012
Yesterday I managed to come out to Wilson's Creek for the jamboree, and thought I'd post a quick report on the event.

First off, everyone really lucked out on the weather. The forecast called for heavy rain and possible storms the entire day, but by late morning the showers had cleared out and was replaced by mostly sunny skies that lasted through the event.

Near the Ray House, the main tent was set up with a small sound stage, dinner tables, and a small display of period correct items inside. A chuckwagon close by dished up BBQ and handed out popcorn and lemonade while period music was played throughout the day by several local bands. While most folks set up lawn chairs out on the lawn during the day, I noticed that the dinner tables filled up real quick after the "dinner is served" announcement! :D

Here's a few pictures I managed to snap with my phone just before I left for the day.




Though it may not appear so from these pictures, there was a pretty good turnout later in the day. For those familiar with the battlefield, the Ray House parking area was completely filled (including areas normally reserved for bus tours) and the park staff started directing traffic to the overflow parking behind the house.

The 8th Missouri Infantry came down from St. Louis, Mo and provided a small camp display behind the house, as well as the artillery demonstration at the end of the event.


Unfortunately I couldn't stay for the entire day, but it definitely was a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

For those who may be interested, I managed to find websites for two of the groups that came down for the day.

8th Missouri Infantry: http://www.infantry8thmo.org/

The Back Porch Players string band: http://www.backporchplayers.com/

(Just in case you're wondering, I'm not connected to the event organizers in any way. :wink:)

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