We are proud of our industrial and agricultural heritage. Business in Mansfield is supported by its citizens and those of the neighboring communities. Located on the busy thoroughfare of Hwy 60, there is no shortage of customer base for our local businesses. Mansfield is also a destination spot for the events held each year, especially the Wilder Festival and the Baker Creek Heritage Festival.
We are home to one of the Hutchens manufacturing facilities, Mansfield’s largest employer. Hutchens Industries remains a family-owned business begun and headquartered right here in Southwest Missouri since 1950.
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, established in 1998, has grown into one of the largest heirloom seed companies in the nation. The farm is located just north of Mansfield, and they recently added a major seed-sorting facility in the area.
The Laura Ingles Wilder Museum draws thousands of visitors each year and preserves the area history. People come from around the globe and across the country to visit the home of the famed author and catch a glimpse of pioneer life in the mid-west.
Mansfield also boasts several local businesses to attend to every-day needs. Come visit the bookstore, see what’s happening at the community center, or eat at one of our local dining establishments. Mansfield’s cozy, small-town atmosphere is sure to make you feel right at home.
Mansfield may be small, but each year we received thousands of visitors during our community events. We are proud of our traditions and invite you to experience what we have to offer each year.
The Baker Creek Heritage festival and the Wilder Festival are our most famous events and draw visitors from across the country and around the globe.
Missouri’s small towns have a parade of events each year, and you will definitely want to join in on Mansfield’s Christmas parade and the Fourth of July Freedom celebration.
We also host an annual Easter egg hunt and Halloween trunk or treat! Our close-knit community values gathering with friends and supporting our neighbors.
Be sure to check the Mansfield calendar of events for dates and other happenings!
As the Memphis Line as pushing eastward thorough the virgin Ozark hills, railroad officials realized that watering stations were needed ever 8 to 10 miles. One such station was built on the future site of the town of Mansfield. In 1882, F.M. Mansfield and George Nettleton officially established the town.
Noted for its rolling hills and abundance of natural water sources, Mansfield became known as the “Gem of the Ozarks.” Early settlers that were drawn to the area established local businesses, including orchards, canning factories, and mines. Farming became an essential way of life for most rural residents. Today, the town is famous as the place where author Laura Ingalls Wilder, who lived here from 1894 until her death in 1957, wrote renowned Little House books. It was also the boyhood home of Major League Baseball player Carl Mays, who at one point was the teammate of Babe Ruth.