The Shepherd of the Hills Homestead and Outdoor Theatre represent more than a tourist attraction to the Ozarks area. It marks the spot where Ozark tourism was born in 1907.
Wright's novel is responsible for drawing thousands of tourists to the Ozarks, long before tourism became an industry in the area. They came over roads that weren't much more than cattle paths to see the Matthew's home, Inspiration Point and the other sites he made famous in what was known as The Shepherd of the Hills country.
From those beginnings, tourism has grown into Missouri's second largest industry. Much of that industry is represented in the Branson area. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Harold Bell Wright for creating a national interest in that portion of the Ozarks known as the Shepherd of the Hills country.