Historical Day Trip

August 18, 2014

Historical Day Trip

In the Morning

A day of history and fun begins with a stop at the Visitor Center around 10 AM. There the entire family can watch a short orientation film about Harry Truman and his life in Independence. There’s also an exhibit featuring Truman family treasures! While you’re at the Visitor Center you will purchase tickets to see the Truman Home. Tours are by reservation only and are $5 for everyone ages 15 and up.

The Truman Home is a white Queen Anne style house built by the maternal grandfather of Bess Wallace Truman (1885 – 1982). During Truman’s administration (1945 – 1953) it became known as the “Summer White House.” After exploring the Truman Home and surrounding historical site, it’s time for lunch!


From 12 to 1 PM go to either Square Pizza or Up Dog for a relaxed, family­-friendly atmosphere with food choices sure to please family members young and old. Then for dessert stop by Clinton’s Soda Fountain, which is housed in the building where Harry Truman had his first job.

In the Afternoon

At 2 PM head on over to the beautiful Truman Courthouse located directly in the center of the Independence Square. A guided tour is available Monday through Friday at this time. It shows Harry Truman’s office and courtroom. However, there is also a museum of art worth taking a quick look at.

In the Evening

To end the day, stop by Wild About Harry, a men’s store that features historical souvenirs, men’s accessories and other quality items. There you can find the perfect thing to remember your day trip, or purchase a gift for family members and friends.

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