Tales From The Camping House

Tales From The Camping House

Sunday, August 24, 2014

College Of The Ozarks - Branson, Missouri

We had a wonderful visit at the College of the Ozarks.  It was one of those places where we weren't expecting very much, but it turned out to be a wonderful place to spend a day!

It is nicknamed Hard Work U.  Students work at the university instead of paying tuition and graduate debt free.

As we entered the grounds, we passed a lake with two beautiful swans.  This was one of them.

There was an old grist mill we toured.  You can buy cornmeal, flour, and other mixes that our made at the college here.  The top story is a weaving studio.

Next, were the greenhouses where the plants used on the grounds and in the lodge are grown.

There is also a tractor museum.

My favorite part was the cow barn.  Cows are raised here and their milk is sold as well as used for the ice cream sold in the lodge and restaurant.

While we were looking inside the barn, one of the students checked in and asked us if we wanted to go back to see the calves.  Yes, please!

This little one is only a few hours old.  It did stand up on its wobbly legs.

We continued on the self guided tour seeing the chapel

and the kitchen where fruitcakes and jellies are made to be sold.

We also toured the Ralph Foster Museum

Here is the original truck from "The Beverly Hillbillies."  This museum was so big we had to come back another day to really see it.

We had a late lunch at the Keeter Center.

I had a bacon, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese sandwich.  It may not sound good, but the combination was absolutely fantastic!  We also had some of their ice cream.  I had the flavor black cow, root beer sorbet infused into vanilla ice cream.  It was so good!

College of the Ozarks is a wonderful place to visit if you are ever in the Branson area.


  1. I love the Beverly Hillbillies truck. I watched that show all the time!

    College of the Ozarks looks like a great place to roam around.

  2. We finally stopped at School of the Ozarks many years ago after listening to my mom urging us to go for years before that. It was a fantastic place. The museum has literally something for everyone and will keep you interested for hours. Our only complaint was being chased by some very huge geese. My adult kids still talk about their visit there.