Harry Truman National Historic Site in Missouri
Basic information for visitors to the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site In west-central Missouri, near Independence.
Harry S. Truman National Historic Site in west-central Missouri, near Independence.
Preserved at this historic site is a remarkably complete collection of structures and objects associated with the life of Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the United States. Five properties and associated structures stand within it: the Truman Home (219 N. Delaware St.), Frank Wallace House (601 W. Truman Rd.), George Wallace House (605 W. Truman Rd.), Noland House (216 N. Delaware St.), and Truman Farm (Grandview, 1 mi west of U.S. 71 on Blue Ridge Blvd.). Truman lived on the farm for 11 years before moving to the 219 North Delaware house in 1919 after his marriage to Bess Wallace, whose family lived there. He returned to the Delaware Street home after his term ended in 1953. The Trumans lived there until his death in 1972 and her death in 1982. The 219 North Delaware Street site was authorized in 1983. The other three homes and the farm were acquired in 1991 and 1994.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Touring the home, farm, and surrounding National Historic Landmark District, viewing slide program. Facilities: Visitor center, outdoor interpretive exhibit. Bookstore. Programs & Events: National Historic Landmark District Walking Tours (daily at 10), self-guided tours of Truman Farm. Guided tours of the Truman Home (Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily every 15 min 9-4:45; Labor Day-Memorial Day, Tues.-Sun. tickets required), Farm Home tours (Memorial Day-Labor Day, Fri.-Sun., every half-hour 9:30-4, tickets required). Tips & Hints: Same-day Truman Home tour tickets available at 8:30 from the visitor center; passes are first-come, first-served and groups are limited to eight people. Same-day Farm Home tour tickets, available on site at 9:30, are limited to groups of six people. Go Jan. and Feb. to avoid crowds. Busiest June and July, least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Truman Home tour: $3 adults 16, free ages 15 and under, others free; tickets required for all. Truman Farm Home tour free; tickets also required. No advance tour reservations accepted. No purses, diaper bags, backpacks, cameras, camera bags, cell phones, or pagers permitted on either home tour. No pets in buildings. Leashed pets allowed on grounds of farm only. No smoking or picnicking. No vehicles off paved roads or parking lots. Visitor center open daily 8:30-5. Truman Farm grounds open daily dawn-dusk.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Independence via 1-70, take Noland Rd. north to Truman Rd., turn left, drive two blocks to visitor center. Via 1-435, take Truman Rd. exit east to corner of Truman Rd. and Main St.. Reach Truman Farm via U.S. 71 to Grandview, then exit west onto Blue Ridge Blvd. and drive 1 mi. Closest airport: Kansas City (31 mi).
Harry S. Truman National Historic Site (223 N. Main St., Independence, MO 64050, tel. 816/254-9929, fax 816/254-4491, ). Independence Chamber of Commerce (210 W. Truman Rd., Independence, MO 64050, tel. 816/252-4745). Grandview Chamber of Commerce (12500 S. U.S. 71, No. 100, Grandview, MO 64030, tel. 816/ 761-6505).
Harry S. Truman National Historic Site.
Basic information for visitors to the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site In west-central Missouri, near Independence