Area Attractions & Historic Sites

103 N. Water, Liberty, MO

816-736-8510

Tour the Jesse James Bank Museum located on the northeast corner of the historic downtown Liberty, Missouri square. Built in 1858 as the Farmer’s Exchange Bank this is the only remaining antebellum building on the square in Liberty, Missouri. The bank was robbed on Tuesday, February 13, 1866, at two o’clock in the afternoon by the James Gang.


Jesse James Bank Museum


Mt. Gilead Church

15918 Plattsburg Road, Kearney, MO

Built in the 1870s, Mt. Gilead Church is the perfect location for weddings and receptions. Contact Clay County Historic Sites at 816-736-8500 for additional information.


15918 Plattsburg Road, Kearney, MO

Mt. Gilead School, built in the 1870s, offers a unique field trip opportunity to experience history in a one-room school.  A teacher in period costume instructs the class in late 1800s style with McGuffey’s readers, pupils practice penmanship and arithmetic problems using slates. The four-hour program can accommodate up to 30 participants.

Contact Clay County Historic Sites at 816-736-8500 for additional information.


Mt. Gilead Church

In 1927, Donald Pharis purchased a 160 acre farm with an antebellum home east of Liberty, Missouri.  Mr. Pharis gave up teaching to become a full time farmer.  He encouraged other farmers and students to practice soil conservation and land preservation.  The Pharis Farm is open during special events.

Contact Clay County Historic Sites at 816-736-8500 for additional information.


Historic Pharis Farm


Watkins Mill State Park

26600 Park Road North, Lawson, MO

816-580-3387


Jesse James Birthplace is a proud member of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area in Kansas and Missouri.

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Events that happened in the 29 eastern Kansas and 12 western Missouri counties of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, Inc. led to the Civil War and an enduring struggle for freedom. Conflict over slavery and other issues drew those on both sides into a violent Border War. Missouri heroes were Kansas villains. Kansas victories were Missouri tragedies. Now Freedom’s Frontier bridges the border. Explore Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and experience from many viewpoints the strong freedom story that runs along the Missouri Kansas border.

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area