Postcards from the Ozarks


I’ve been reading a ebook called Live Sent: 31 Days in the City by Shauna Pilgreen, a church planter’s wife who recently relocated with her family from the Midwest to San Francisco.  In order to get to know their new home, she embarked on a series of family adventures to get to know the people through using for analytics, cultures and landmarks of their new city.

We recently experienced something similar, but in reverse, moving from a small city (pop. 150,000) to a small town (pop. 3,000).  Culture shock is a fair word for what we have experienced!  Just as someone moving to a large city might feel anonymous among the crowd, trying to fit in in a town where most people’s roots run generations deep can be challenging.

Inspired by the book, I’ve made a list of notable things to see and do around our little town.  I won’t be able to complete them in 31 days, but I hope to get to most of them during the next year.  I really do believe that there is something unique about every place. Look for future posts postcards from these great spots and hopefully even more!

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s house in Mansfield, MO

Make the most of our Silver Dollar City season passes

Visit Glade Top Trail

Fishing at Rockbridge Rainbow Trout Ranch

Hiking at Cedar Gap Conservation Area

French cuisine in small town Missouri – La Galette Berrichonne

Eat some 5-cent ice cream at Ava Drug

Take a retreat at Assumption Abbey and try some of their famous fruitcakes

Visit Dawt Mill

Go floating (canoeing)

Bakersville Pioneer Village

Local festivals

  • Poke Salad Days
  • Glade Top Trail Festival

Have you ever played tourist in your own town?   

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12 thoughts on “Postcards from the Ozarks

  1. Fun series!! I’ve been to the Ozarks twice to go to the lake and loved it! I love the hills there. (There are no hills here.) 😉 The town we went to was definitely a tourist spot but had some fun/quirky stores we liked. 🙂 I hope you have fun playing tourist this year!
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  2. This sounds like a super fun series!! Coming from an overly populated Chicagoland ‘burb, to this growing but slow-paced town has been quite a culture shock for us. I’m still not use to everything here, even after a year. However, I don’t want to miss out on things, so like you I’m making the best of things…. when in Rome?
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  3. Those sound like such fun things to do! I am a little partial to small towns (ours is about 4,000) but it’s nice to be within a short drive to a bigger area w/ better shopping options (which you are right?). I am in St. Louis right now, so not TOO far from you! 🙂
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  4. I love this plan! Even though, I’ve lived in the same city for a decade now – there are still so many things that I haven’t done or experienced. Right now, it feels like our days are made up of repeat trips to the park, zoo, library and Target. …but I have hopes of exploring more with my boys when they are a few years older. Thanks for the inspiration!
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  5. yes! I moved from a small city to San Francisco! I loved playing tourist there for awhile. then we moved to a town so small it has no stop lights.
    now we’re in a small city and I absolutely play tourist every now and then.

  6. I have a whole list of things I’ve been meaning to do in Springfield, and I really ought to get going on it! As far as floating goes, over in your direction, I would highly recommend taking Hwy 5 up to Bennett Springs and floating the Niangua. I’ve done it several times before (but not in years!) and it’s a great river to float. I’m hoping to go floating a couple times this year, at least (although my real goal is to buy my own kayak so I can go a lot!).

    I’ve also heard really good things about Assumption Abbey and their fruitcake! Haven’t tried it myself though – I’m interested in seeing what you think!
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