Independence, Missouri, is a bucket-list destination for history buffs with 16 group-friendly attractions that recount the starting point of western pioneers to the life of former President Harry S. Truman.
“Groups love the interactive experience they can have in Independence,” said Kelsey Mortimer, sales manager for Independence Tourism. “We can arrange visits from pioneer people or President Truman himself. Groups love horse-drawn carriage rides to learn about pioneer history or a session at the White House Decision Center to go inside the crises of Truman’s White House.”
Independence Tourism shared these four stops for groups to get a taste of Independence’s heritage tour offerings.
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum
At the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum, groups don’t want to miss the replica of Truman’s oval office or the famous “The Buck Stops Here” sign. In the courtyard, groups can see the gravesites of Harry and Bess Truman, as well as the office where Truman worked after his presidency.
National Frontier Trails Museum
The National Frontier Trails Museum is the only museum in the nation dedicated to the western trails: Lewis & Clark, Santa Fe, California, Oregon and Mormon Pioneer. Discover the excitement, challenges and heartbreak faced by pioneers as they headed west in the 1800s. Look for special events for the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail this year.
Steeped in history, the historic Independence Square surrounds the Truman Courthouse with an array of locally owned businesses. Shop, dine and unwind at specialty shops and unique restaurants. Groups love to tour on horse-drawn carriages or visit Clinton’s Soda Fountain, the site of President Truman’s first job as a youth.
Vaile Victorian Mansion
Learn about the lifestyle of the rich and famous in the Victorian era at Vaile Victorian Mansion. The magnificent 30-room mansion was built back in 1881 and stands as one of the finest examples of Second Empire Victorian architecture in the entire country. Groups can learn about its secrets and fun myths about Victorian life with a tour.