Don’t let size fool you. You know the saying “It’s petite, but it’s powerful” … Mansfield, population 1255 is jam packed with possibilities. Perhaps at one time a sleepy little town tucked away off the beaten path. The energy, however, is building. Mansfield is becoming a vibrant little berg with a vision.
Mansfield is home to both Wilder Day, happening the third weekend in September, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Children’s Literature Festival (Coinciding with the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival April 25th – 27th) which brings in several thousand school children + their parents and school teachers. Home also to Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds, which boasts as many as 10,000 gardeners to their Spring festival each year. We’re just talking festivals… that’s a lot of folks heading to this tiny little town.
Mansfield is not just a destination for festivals.
Located about 50 miles east of Springfield, just off Hwy 60 on route 5 south, you’ll make a right and head to the town square. A pleasant little welcoming place. Park your car and explore a little. Are you ready for a weekend away? Just off the square you can stay at the historic Weaver Inn Bed and Breakfast and make that your home base. Grab a cup of coffee at the Weaver Inn Coffee Corner, pull out your map, and plot your route.
If museums and culture are your thing, Mansfield’s got you covered. Start your morning off by taking a walk down over to the Mansfield Historical Society, just across the square, and learn all about the rich history of Mansfield, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Wright County, and so much more. Just next door is Sweet Nellies Ice Cream Parlor, where you can grab a sweet treat. Are you screaming for some ice cream? They serve up homemade Kemps Ice Cream. Need something more substantial, maybe it’s time for lunch… so, check out their full menu. They’ve got everything from Chicken and Waffles to Pa’s Pickles… and so much more. Once you fill your belly, you can hop in the car for a short drive to the Museum of the American Indians of the Ozark’s Plateau... where Marjorie and Murl Pierson will greet you for a personal tour. Here you can learn all about what tribes inhabited the area, their way of life and rich history. They even have an original 26 ft hand carved canoe on site… and of course, there’s a story!
Head back to the square for some comfort food, have dinner at Ma & Pa’s Restaurant, and mosey through the flea market. After your full day, head back to the Inn, relax a little and kick your feet up. You’ve earned it.
For your second day in Mansfield... after you’ve had your daily grind and a good breakfast, head on over to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home + Museum. Located right off State Hwy A, the museum is easy to see. You’ll want to give yourself some time to take it all in. Come on in, buy a ticket, take a tour, and learn more. You’ll be able to explore the museum, learn all about the many books that Laura wrote, and how they related to the events of history. See how she lived… get an intimate look into her life and thoughts… learn how she met her lifetime love, and the many causes she championed. Tour through her daughter Rose’s home, and the home Rose built for her parents.
Whether you’re ready for more relaxation or want to explore more of what’s around… before you head out of town, save some room for some of the best pizza in the area. Vaccaro's will not disappoint, as they serve up mouth watering New York style pizza. To get there... head back on Route 5, make a right at the intersection of route 5 and business route 60. Where else are you going to find New York style pizza hidden off the highway. Why get fast food, when you can have slow cooked? What’s even better is that this place serves up not just melt in your mouth deep dish, but they cater to the gluten intolerant crowd as well. It’s well worth the drive. Trust us.
Don’t just take our word for it, hop in the car, fall in love with Mansfield, and make it a mainstay on your map.
As you keep coming down the driveway, the spanse of the property unfolds. The inn nestles into a welcoming 10 acre estate, complete with the lake (paddle boats and fishing boats for your leisure, as the lake is stocked and ready for you to reel something in). Adirondack style chairs to relax into and watch the sunset. Fire pits (complete with s'mores), strategic seating all around, gazebo, gardens, and well maintained grounds. Perfect for a reunion, girls retreat, local festival, family gathering, wedding, or what have you. They take immediate reservations, for the spontaneous folks, and they do not require a minimum stay. They are perfect for an overnight, a weekend away, or a week
When you get to the house, take your shoes off and come inside. Make yourself at home. If you're like Doug, and love music... there is a baby grand in the living room just waiting to be played, and acoustic guitars strategically placed in every room. A karaoke machine to sing along to your hearts content, oodles of games, and videos to watch. Big comfy couches that beckon, chocolate covered coffee beans to munch on, and there is always something going on in the kitchen. Walking in, you'll feel relaxed, right at home, and ready to recharge. They are the destination for relaxation!
Did I mention that (almost) every room has a Jacuzzi tub, fireplace, and a set of binoculars? These are not standard run of the mill rooms. You'll want to grab your binoculars and take a peak at what's outside too. Birds, big tall trees, wide open spaces, wildlife, and some good old fashioned nature therapy.
Ready to get out for a day trip? They've got the inside scoop on local wineries, local happenings, and local culture. No car and no idea where to go? No problem, they'll drive you. Take a tour with them, or take a tour on your own. They've got it covered.
If you are a planning a wedding, and want to do it with less stress... they are here to help. Swan Song Inn has experts on hand to help plan your perfect day. They even offer "Weddings without the worry" packages.
For more information on what they can do for your special day or to plan a stay... check out their website, shoot them an email, or give them a call.
There is always something going on at Swan Song Inn. The perfect place to de-stress.
Once a year, our newest Gold Member and local Marshfield resident, Nicholas Inman, and crew put on a spectacular event in Marshfield Missouri annually in the spring. It's called the Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival, and it's in it's 16th year of existence... and it's quite the show. A not to be missed event, that brings people in worldwide!
Started as a way to celebrate the local community and the state at large, the festival initially began as a project of planting cherry blossom trees in his hometown. Following an internship in Washington, D.C. and a love of our nation's capital, he wanted to bring a piece of Washington to MIssouri. Giving folks the opportunity to experience a little bit of both worlds.
The cherry blossom project began in 2003, but the first official tree planting did not take place until 2004. The first tree was planted at the Webster County Museum by Missouri First Lady Lori Houser Holden. Soon the cherry blossom project spread throughout the city. Numerous dignitaries came to plant trees including; Jerry Jones (Owner of the Dallas Cowboys), Jean Carnahan (Former Missouri First Lady and United States Senator), Pat Wilson (Former Missouri First Lady), Betty Hearnes (Former Missouri First Lady), John and Hilda Lane (nephew of Dr. Edwin P. Hubble), Lesley Kays (Webster County Sesquicentennial Queen) along with several groups. Volunteers planted several cherry blossom trees on public property and a series of promotions encouraged citizens to plant cherry blossoms on private property.
The festival was born in 2006, at the urging of local residents to put a committee together... and, it's been running strong ever since! It's grown from a small committee to a nationwide, and even worldwide phenomenon!
Here's what Joseph Yakovetic had to say:
“Here in this tiny town, one weekend a year, meet celebrities, noted authors, humanitarians, presidential descendants, historical luminaries from all over the world. They share with attendees their lives, their struggles and achievements, encouraging and entertaining. This most unusual place and event should be on everyone’s bucket list to attend at least once. However, once you attend, you will be drawn back to return, again and again.” ~ Joseph Yakovetic
To learn more about what going on and the schedule of events, check out their website.
The 2019 festival dates are: April 24th thru April 27th.
Tickets went on sale President's Day, February 18th, 2019. The festival is open to the public, and is free, unless otherwise noted. Reserve your seat early! For a full list of ticket prices, check here.
Events requiring tickets include:
Descendants of Presidents are invited to come and share their stories. Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Cleveland, Ford, these are just a few of the Presidents that have been represented at the Cherry Blossom Festivities. Celebrities with ties to Missouri are also invited.
Get your tickets today and pencil it in on the calendar!!