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Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site

Park Information

Explore a piece of America’s military history at Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site and learn about the experiences that molded a Laclede County boy into one of the nation’s legendary generals. Pershing and his family moved into the nine-room Gothic-style house in Laclede when he was six. Prairie Mound School, where Pershing taught prior to his admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is also on the site and includes a unique exhibit that allows visitors to pass through many of the same doorways Pershing passed through on his journeys from Missouri to Mexico and France.

Park Hours

The hours for the historic site are currently under review.  Please refer to the June through September entry below for the temporarily-enacted hours.

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April through September
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday
    Temporary historic site hours: 
    June through September
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday
    (closed Sunday and Monday)

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • October through March
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday

Prairie Mound School hours

The hours for the historic site are currently under review.  Please refer to the June through September entry below for the temporarily-enacted hours.

  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, year-round.
  • Temporary historic site hours: 
    June through September - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday)

Site Office hours

The hours for the site office are currently under review.  Please refer to the June through September entry below for the temporarily-enacted hours.

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April through September
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    Noon to 6 p.m., Sunday
    Temporary historic site hours: 
    June through September
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday
    (closed Sunday and Monday)

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • October through March
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.., Tuesday through Saturday
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