Jesse James Birthplace Field Trip

The tour consists of a twenty-minute film, three galleries of artifacts, and a guided tour through the cabin where Jesse was born.  After students have completed the museum galleries they will follow the paved trail to the cabin and walk alongside the creek where, as young boys, Frank and Jesse spent much of their time playing. The guided tour through the restored cabin will take students back in time to learn the history and see how the legend began.  In the yard of the family home is Jesse’s original burial site, the place where his mother once sold souvenir rocks from his grave for twenty-five cents.  Dependent upon the number of students attending, you will need to allow 1½ hours to complete the tour.  The rooms in the cabin are small and can only hold 15-18/tour.  The theater accommodates 40-50 students.  Upon completion of the tour students may want to browse the museum’s gift shop.   Picnic tables are available on site.

Other Clay County Educational Opportunities

Field trips/ tours are available for each of our historic sites, and they can be personalized to meet your needs.

Mt. Gilead School
We offer educational one-room schoolhouse programs designed for all ages. This is a four-hour program, but it can be shortened if necessary. The maximum number of students is 30.

Click here to download the Mt. Gilead Teachers Packet

Jesse James Bank Museum
This is the bank that was robbed by The James Gang in 1866. We offer basic tours of the facility and also offer a child’s banking tour, which focuses on banking practices then and now. This is approximately a one hour tour. The bank museum room can accommodate up to 30 students at a time.

Historic Pharis Farm
This facility is available for agricultural education programs.

To make a reservation, please call the historic site office at: (816) 736-8500.

Office hours are 9:00am-4:00pm Monday through Friday. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance.

When you call, please have the following information ready:
1. Program or site you wish to visit
2. Desired tour date
3. Arrival and departure times
4. Name and number of the person in charge
5. Complete mailing address, phone, and email
6. Grade or ages of students, and number attending
7. Any special needs

Admission fees vary at each site. Please call for current fees. Group rates are available to those with 15 or more.

Changes in reservations can be made up to one week in advance of your scheduled date. Changes in tour dates and times due to weather conditions will be made at the discretion of the staff. Please arrive on time.


Can you accommodate homeschool groups?
All programs and tours can be adapted for homeschool families. Because some of the programs are by reservation only, you need to have a minimum number of participating students. Also, some programs have a minimum age. Please call with any questions.

Can you accommodate youth organizations?
Again, all programs and tours can be adapted to meet your needs. Some programs can satisfy requirements for scout badges. Tell us what you want, and we will do our best to meet your needs.

I’ve made a reservation. What’s next?
Immediately after you have made your reservation, we will send you a confirmation letter or email with a pre-visit packet.

How do I prepare for my tour?
Read and use the pre-visit packet. This information will help you prepare for your trip.

What is expected of my group in terms of behavior?
We believe in the three R’s of readiness, respect, and responsibility. We will be ready for your group. We will respect you and your students. We will be responsible. We expect the same commitment from you, the student and your chaperones.