Keeter Center Celebrates 10 Years

The College of the Ozarks is one of the Branson area’s main attractions boasting much more than just a beautiful campus, and this weekend its prestigious facility, The Keeter Center, will be celebrating 10 years of open doors.

Keeter Center provides luxurious lodging with presidential suites, skyline view suites and loft suites in addition to fine dining from Dobyns Dining Room. The center also provides a large amount of meeting space for conferences, weddings and other events. Most of the operations at the center are run by current College of the Ozarks students.

It took six years to complete the construction of the Keeter Center and 250 supervised students to build it. It features 1,000 copper panels in the dining room, 20 fireplaces in all and 240,000 roof shingles. The center was named in honor of the late Mr. James P. Keeter’s parents, Ruby and Vester Keeter, who played a large role in establishing the character of the physical building and educational program.

Visitors are always welcome to come experience the Keeter Center as well as the many other highlights on campus including:

  • The Ralph Foster Museum– a home for thousands of artifacts detailing the history of the Ozarks.
  • Edwards Mill– a mill powered by a 12-foot water wheel. Inside, you can buy fresh ground whole-grain meal and flour or visit the weaving studio where students design and produce rugs, shawls and the like on looms.
  • Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen– on campus kitchen that sells homemade fruitcakes, jellies, apple butter and other goodies.
  • The C of O Greenhouses– a collection of more than 7,000 plants. Visitors can purchase individual orchids and houseplants here as well.

For more information about The Keeter Center and College of the Ozarks, visit

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