Since Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield opened to the public in 1960, the staff there have made preserving its land a top priority.
Summer touring hours are now in operation at the park, which is open daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
“We are probably one of the best preserved parks in the United States,” says Park Superintendent Ted Hillmer.
The Battlefield, Hillmer notes, has been maintained to appear the same as it did over 155 years ago. He says during that time, citizens planted 18 trees per acre, which is what you see at the Battlefield today.