Friday, September 16, 2011

Going to Branson - Part 2

A visit to Silver Dollar City is always a must-do for us when we go to Branson.  Silver Dollar City is a theme park dedicated to preserving the 1880's Ozark culture.  To keep this post from being too long, I'll point you here for more info on SDC.  I just love the atmosphere in Silver Dollar City, since I grew up on a farm with a few rustic looking old barns and buildings and playing in the woods and hollows, that separated the fields and pastures, much like some of the setting of SDC.  The sights and smells, the music...wonderful!

 Near the entrance to Silver Dollar City.

We went the first day of the National Harvest Festival.
There are craftsmen all around the park
demonstrating their crafts.

The park was beautifully decorated for fall.  Have you
ever seen a cornucopia this big?

This old home was actually lived in by a woman from Nebraska
whose family donated it to the park.  In one word...primitive. 
No utilities of any kind.  There are two rooms with 2 little
wood-burning stoves and the cook stove.  And we think
we have it rough sometimes??

The old one-room school.  

The Homestead Pickers that we always stop to listen to.
They're very good singers with a great sense of humor.

It was fun eating our food at a table beside this man-made waterfall.

  There are shows, shops, rides for kids of all ages, restaurants and food stands galore.  We stopped to sit at a bench after walking up "Heart Attack Hill" and after looking at our park map discovered 
things we had missed.  There is so much to see, we'd forgotten
a couple of "roads" to take.  But being...ahem...older, our
tired legs decided for us that we'd seen enough this trip.

All too soon it was time to say goodbye to Branson.  I love
the beauty of the hills and the sweet spirit that seems to
be over the area in spite of the crowds and traffic that can be
a bother during the busiest days.  

We had perfect weather until a little shower came up as we were
heading down the highway to our home close to 200 miles away.

I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of Branson. 
And in this post, Silver Dollar City.  If you ever
have the opportunity to go to Branson, I think you'll enjoy it.  
There is something there for everyone.  
Until next time...


  1. These are beautiful photos! I want to go eat next to that waterfall, so lovely. All these pics are making me think "Vacation"!

  2. I live downstairs and rent from a couple who live upstairs and he's one of the craftsman at SDC. I'll have to show him your post.

  3. We spent our honeymoon there 41 years ago. It was just before opening season and the towns people got in free, we even got to see the Shepherd of the Hills play free. Great on a newlywed budget!
    It is always beautiful there.

  4. Yep, I'm goin'!! I LOVE that cornucoppia!!! Thank you for sharing about this place. blessings ~ tanna

  5. i really really like the old home and the school house. my kind of building. that is the biggest cornucopia i have ever seen.

  6. I have never been to SDC and think I just may have to change that. Thanks for the tour.

  7. I too love Branson but seldom get to visit there anymore. Our class went there on our Senior trip & Bob & I honeymooned there in 1967! Lots of memories in that area. Thanks for the beautiful photos! I would love to go there during the Fall Festival!

  8. Yesterday I was pretty sure I needed to get to Branson ... today I'm positive. SDC looks so cool and I love how they have decorated. That cornucopia is fabulous!

  9. I'll remember! Is this the best time of year to visit Branson? I've heard that Christmastime is good, too.

  10. I would LOVE to visit here!!! Love all the pictures! Thanks for sharing them!

  11. what an awesome place....i love all the fall decorations!!

    have a wonderful weekend!!

  12. I love Branson and Silver Dollar City although we don't go often anymore and are just about a couple of hours from there. Great pics and write up!

  13. oh it looks great and that last picture is stunning, with the light and all!

    And yes maybe if were in the future we can go and visit Silver Dollar City!


  14. I know that I would love Silver City. I like country art, buildings, farms, barns and etc. I was raised on a farm; so it would be like going back to my roots in a way. It is so amazing how spoiled we are with all we enjoy. Most of those small homes had a pile load of kids in them too.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures; I loved them. I hope when we visit my daughter in Missouri sometime that we can take a visit to Branson. I am so happy you had a moment to enjoy this adventure.

  15. My mom is from the Ozarks and my dad is from Arkansas. I can remember going to visit relatives when I was a child who lived in little houses like that one. I lived in an L.A. suburb, so these little rustic homes always surprised me. I didn't like the outhouses :)
    Loved that cornucopia.

  16. I was at Tanna's and saw your comment and wanted to check out your blog. Looks like you are having a great time. I have never been there.

    Come to find out Sweet Marie, Sandra, Walking in Sunshine, TexWizGirl, and Tanna - we have in common.


  17. Cheryl, I am more determined than ever to visit this place, I love the scenery in this post and your last post. so beautiful, next time you might just have a stow-a-way. I won't be much trouble, I promise!~grinning. It sure looks like a great vacation you had.Thanks for sharing.

  18. This is where I want to the display of pumpkins! :D

  19. Like Osage Bluff Quilter, we spent our honeymoon there... almost 40 years ago. SDC definitely has a place in my heart. Love the pictures. Such a beautiful area of the country!!!