Small Town Charm in Southern Missouri
Southern Missouri consists of a myriad of small towns that offer many benefits of larger cities, while still maintaining a small-town charm. It's a friendly area where the people are helpful and courteous, and warm hospitality is a tradition. Come and find out for yourself. Our office is located in Mountain Grove, but we have six offices and service eight surrounding counties with many charming towns to visit! Let us help you find the perfect place to call HOME!
Living in Southern Missouri
Southern Missouri has one of the lowest real estate tax rates and cost of living in the country. People are generally surprised at the value of property they can buy in our area and the low property taxes. Our land cost, per animal unit, is also one of the lowest in the country. We have an abundance of ground water and springs. In Missouri, you own the water on your land and are not restricted to how much you use. We are known for our streams and scenic rivers and lakes. Missouri is proud of their stand on private property rights. Water, Grass and Scenic Landscapes are only part of the attraction to Southern Missouri.
In the Ozarks, you can witness four distinct seasons, but none are extreme. The average seasonal temperature in the fall is 57 degrees and 34 degrees in winter. The spring average is 55 degrees with an average of 76 degrees in summer. The average yearly rainfall is 44 inches with an average snowfall of 17 inches. The last time we had 3 inches of snow at one time was 2015.
The average seasonal temperature in the fall is 57 degrees and 34 degrees in winter. The spring average is 55 degrees with an average of 76 degrees in summer. The average yearly rainfall is 44 inches with an average snowfall of 17 inches.
Recreation and Attractions
The Southern Missouri Area is centered around its natural beauty and enjoying the outdoors, including our scenic waterways. There are multiple recreational lakes are within a 2-hour drive; Bull Shoals, Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo and Lake of the Ozarks. Area state parks, Echo Bluff State Park, Montauk, Johnson Shut-ins, HaHa Tonka, Bryant Creek State Park and Table Rock State Park are an easy drive. Nearby North Fork, Bryant, Eleven Point, Current, Gasconade, Niangua, Piney and Jacks Fork rivers are nearby for floating and fishing. Enjoy trout fishing at Rockbridge, on the Bryant, the lower part of Bull Shoals, Lake Taneycomo and on the Niangua River. The Mark Twain National Forest borders the area. The Ozark National Scenic Riverway, Alley Springs Mill, Round Spring Cave and Jam-Up Cave also have much to offer. The Old Mill Tour, gives us an historic look at some of the nation's finest surviving pioneer water mills.
Do you enjoy horses? Our area is home to the Missouri Foxtrotters Assn. Trail Riding, roping, and area rodeos are convenient enjoyed by many.
The fall is filled with events in Mountain Grove and many surrounding communities, while summers are filled with area fairs and outdoor recreation. One of our local events is JunkFest held in spring and fall. This event is widely attended and has a variety of vendors. Gardeners from all over the country visit Baker Heirloom Seeds in nearby Mansfield. Bakersville, part of Baker Seed Company, hosts a festival the first Sunday of every month in the summer.
Mountain Grove's Fun City has a theater with 4 screens and bowling alley. If you enjoy the arts, there are concerts and music festivals, galleries and crafter's events held in this area on a regular basis. If you enjoy painting, quilting, gardening, fishing, photography, long walks, or reading by a waterfall, Southern Missouri has something for just about everyone.
Mountain Grove, in Wright County, is one of the friendliest and prettiest towns in the Ozarks. It's a community whose citizens work hard, play hard and happily lend a helping hand to neighbors and area visitors alike. It is served by State Highway 95 and US Highway 60, making it convenient to St. Louis and Springfield. Mountain Grove is approximately an hour drive east of Springfield, Missouri's third largest city. Branson, MO is approximately 1.5 hours, and St. Louis is approx. 3 hours.
The Mountain Grove square is highlighted by a historic bandstand that was originally dedicated by Vice President Thomas Marshall in 1915. Through a restoration project, the bandstand and surrounding park were restored and rededicated on April 27, 1987, by then Vice President George Bush.
The Mountain Grove R-III School System boasts a AAA classification, the highest awarded. The Ozark Mountain Technical Center, Mountain Grove Christian Academy and Missouri State University Research Campus are also nearby.
Mountain Grove History
In 1841 a settlement was built on land east of Mountain Grove near a spring in a grove of hickory timber. A post office was established in Hickory Spring in 1853. In 1859, a general store was built at the crossroads about a mile west of Hickory Spring.
This became known as the "mountain store, mountain grove or ‘the mountain’ because the elevation is 1,525 feet. One of the most famous incidents in Mountain Grove occurred in the middle of May 1883 when what was called a "nipping frost" caused every tree, sapling and shrub in the community of Fyan and the Fyan depot to be cut clean as from an axe. Thus, the joining of Mountain Grove and adjoining Fyan was a fact. In June, the name of the depot was changed to Mountain Grove. The town reapplied for a charter in 1886, changed its boundaries and held its first election.
Mountain Grove is now a regional retail hub for many surrounding communities.
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