The Hays Home at Matson Hill Park

The Hays Home at Matson Hill Park

Enjoy a historic adventure in the park at this new attraction that is now open to visitors for the first time. Once owned by the grandson of Missouri pioneer Daniel Boone, the newly renovated home will be opened for self-guided tours beginning Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.

The 1830s stone dwelling features a new interpretive center with artifacts and displays that showcase the Hays and Boone families. The main floor houses exhibits, while the top floor features turn-of-the-century furnishings, including smaller artifacts once owned by family heirs.

Upon arrival, park interpretive staff will greet guests outside and give an overview of the property surrounding the historic house. During these educational experiences, guests will learn about the history of the Hays family and the story of the land established in the scenic Femme Osage valley and how it relates to the rich history of the region.

Located off Highway F, just two miles from The Historic Daniel Boone Home, guests interested in touring the house will enter the site at 3572 Stub Road on the north end of the heavily forested 474-acre park.

While you’re there, visit the Hays family cemetery on park property where Daniel Hays, his wife, Mary “Polly” Hays, and six of their 12 children are buried.