Jesse James Farm and Birthplace

Jesse James Farm and Birthplace

Tour the restored childhood home back where the legend began. See a recap of the history of Frank and Jesse James and exploits of the outlaws, before walking the trail to the farmhouse.

Jesse James, son of a Baptist minister, was born at the family home in Kearney, Missouri, in 1847. Barely 16, he followed his older brother, Frank, into the Civil War. While Frank was a member of Quantrill's guerillas, Jesse rode with Bloody Bill Anderson. When the war ended, Jesse returned home and joined other former Confederate guerillas in a life of outlawry.Jesse's boldness and flamboyance as a bank and train robber, combined with sensational publicity from newspapers and dime novels, soon made his a household name.

Tour the restored childhood home back where the legend began. See a recap of the history of Frank and Jesse James and exploits of the outlaws, before walking the trail to the farmhouse. The museum displays the world's largest collection of James family artifacts, including Jesse's boots and Frank's surrender letter. Follow the paved winding trail to the farmhouse and walk along the creek where, as young boys, Frank and Jesse spent much of their time playing. 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.

Please call for more information or to schedule a tour. A wheelchair is available for your use.
Note: RVs and semi-trailer cabs can fit through the gate. However, semis with containers or flatbeds attached cannot.

Address:
Jesse James Farm and Birthplace
21216 James Farm Road
Kearney, MO 64060
Phone:
(816) 736-8500
Web:
https://www.claycountymo.gov/Historic_Sites/Jesse_James_Birthplace
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/jessejamesfarm