If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Independence, Missouri any time soon, then you should consider visiting the amazing Harry S. Truman Home National Historic Site.
As you may already know, Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States of America and he was a Missourian who never forgot his roots and always came back to them.
The Truman Home located in Independence, Missouri, was where the President and his wife Bess Wallace spent their time and made their home from 1919 until his death in 1972. The house was built by Bess Truman’s grandfather from her mother’s side of the family in the late 1860’s.
The Harry S. Truman National Historic Site preserves both the Truman Home in Independence, Missouri and the Truman Farm House in Grandview, Missouri. The site also includes the Noland home, which was the home of Truman’s cousins, and the George and Frank Wallace homes, home to Bess Truman’s brothers.
The beautiful Truman Home is preserved just as it was when Mrs. Truman passed away in 1982. When you step inside you will find the all the furniture, accessories and belongings just as they were left. It will feel like traveling back in time and entering the life of the Truman’s. After all, this is the house where they made their home and it’s where President Truman spent most of his adult life; before, during, and after his term as President.
President Truman’s hat and coat as well as Bess’ coat are still hanging on a hook, and the canes that both President Truman and Mrs. Truman used are still found around the house.
Unfortunately, the visit is restricted to the main floor area and the grounds. There’s no access to the rest of the house, but you’ll find that the areas available for visitors are very well worth your time. Across the street there’s also the Noland home, which has been turned into a museum to provide even more details about the Truman family.
The Truman Home is beautifully kept, and it gives you the opportunity to see for your own eyes just how ordinary President Truman was despite his amazing political career, and how happy he must have been at home with his family.
On display you’ll find the Steinway piano that Truman got for his daughter Margaret as a Christmas present, and, being a fine musician himself, he played that very piano in the White House. You’ll also see Truman’s personal library, the family’s record collection, paintings, and other personal belongings.
The Harry S. Truman National Historic Site is located at 223 N Main St, Independence, MO. It’s open on weekends from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Tickets for the guided tour of the Truman House only cost $5 for adults and entrance is free for children of 15 years and younger. You can call them at (+1) 816 254 9929 if you need to hear any extra details to plan your visit!