601 Centerville Avenue
Kearney, MO 64060
Phone: (816) 628-5000
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Spread across 1500 acres (607 hectares) of woodlands, the Watkins Mill State Park transports you to an idyllic 19th-century pastoral. It features a restored home, an octagonal school, a church and woollen mill as well as textile machineries. There is also a visitor center to give you a background of the Watkins family and their ventures. This vast property has a huge lake that is ideal for fishing, a swimming beach, biking trails, pathways, an equestrian trail, picnic spots and 96 campsites. It is definitely worth a trip with your loved ones.
Martha LaFite Thompson Nature Sanctuary's mission is to provide all ages with hands-on environmental and natural science education, a biodiversity of native plants and animals, an understanding of Earth's inhabitants' complex, interdependent ecosystems, and opportunities to reflect and reconnect with the natural world.
This State Park includes a four mile walking and bicycle trail, picnic areas, a fishing and boating lake, swimming beach, and a visitor center, museum, and gift shop. Walking tours of a historic house and mill on site are available. Camping is also available.
This historic jail located northwest of Kansas City is held in reverence by the Church of Latter-Day Saints because this is where the religion's founder Joseph Smith was once imprisoned. In the 1830's, many Mormons including Smith arrived from Ohio and tried to establish a settlement around Jackson County. Since they had been expelled from Ohio, the resulting establishments did not sit well with the locals, so in 1838 war broke out and Smith surrendered shortly thereafter. Today, the 'jail' is no longer, however the LDS church still runs the center for religious activities held here and it also has a replica inside of what the old jail looked like.
Along with Prophet Joseph Smith, several members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent five months in this jail awaiting trial. While here, Smith received three revelations that are recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants. This restored jail allows visitors to observe the conditions in which the men were susceptible to.
The Clay County Archives & Historical Library's mission is "to procure, preserve, restore, maintain, study, and promote manuscripts, instruments, records, charters, evidence, and documents of a public or private nature which may have statistical, legal or historical significance to Clay County, Missouri, its government or residents, or such documents as might be desirable to the association and to encourage public interest therein."
The Mid-Continent Public Library - Liberty provides access to materials and programs for all ages, technology, and a world-class genealogy and family history library.
Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch and Market covers of fifty acres of u-pick pumkin patches, plus over 50 acres of family entertainment. Enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the petting farm, farm-style playgrounds, mining adventures, wagon rides to the pumkin patch and visits from the Pumpkin Princess. Several on-site children activites and a gift shop full of goodies including fall decorations. This Kansas City premier agricultural outdoor facility offer loads of entertainment regardless of age.
Independence Square is a hub of activity with several attractions, shops, restaurants and cafes located here. On few occasions, this place plays host to several family events including the Truman Days, Flower Show and also sporting events. For more information on the places of interest and the upcoming events of this area, check their website.
Built in 1859, this historic frontier jail located in Independence Square is where Frank James, Jesse's bank-robbing brother, was imprisoned. With bars on the windows, the jail looks like something out of an old western movie. Visitors can tour the Marshall's home, the jail cells, a schoolhouse and the surrounding grounds. An exhibit of handmade weapons is also on display. Admission: $5 adults, $4.50 seniors, $2 children/students, children younger than 6 are free.
The Truman Home offers a glimpse at the personal life of the 33rd President of the US. Groups are limited to eight people. Visitors also enjoy a visit to the Truman Home Ticket Center with an audio visual show depicting the President's life and the interior of his stately home.
This log structure in nearby Independence has bore witness to a long and somewhat notorious history in this Midwestern town. It was initially constructed with slave labor to be used as a courthouse, then Joseph Smith from the Mormon church used it as a mercantile store and in the 1930's, former President Harry Truman was a presiding judge when it was re-converted back into a courthouse. Admission is free and private tours can be arranged in advance.