Harry S Truman National Historic Site

Overview

The Harry S Truman National Historic Site includes the Truman Home in Independence, Missouri, and the Truman Farm Home in Grandview, Missouri. Both units are within the Kansas City metropolitan area. Harry S Truman, 33rd President of the United States, lived at the Truman home from 1919 until his death. The white Victorian style house at 219 North Delaware Street was built by the maternal grandfather of Bess Wallace Truman, and was known as the "Summer White House" during the Truman administration. The site also includes the two adjacent homes of Mrs. Truman's brothers, and, across Delaware Street, the home of the President's favorite aunt and cousins. The Truman Farm Home was built in 1894 by Harry Truman's maternal grandmother. The Farm Home is the centerpiece of a 5.25 acre remnant of the family's former 600-acre farm. Mr. Truman worked the farm as a young man. It was here, said his mother, that Harry got his "common sense." Several outbuildings are also on the site.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

The visitor center is open year-round and seven days a week. While the Truman Home is also open year-round, the Truman Farm Home is only available for touring from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Directions

Driving: 

The visitor center is located at the intersection of Truman Road and Main Street, in historic Fire Station No.1. From the north or south, take I-435 to the Truman Road exit. Travel east on Truman Road three miles (you'll pass the Truman Home at Delaware Street). From the east or west, take I-70 to the Noland Road exit. Travel north on Noland Road four miles to Truman Road. Turn west on Truman Road and travel two blocks. To Grandview: The Truman Farm Home is located amid the retail and commercial district along Blue Ridge Boulevard. From the east or west, take I-435 and exit southbound on Route 71. From the north or south, travel Route 71 and take the Blue Ridge Boulevard exit. Travel west one mile. The Farm Home is on the left, set back from the road.

Flying: 

The closest airport is Kansas City International located north of Kansas City and approximately 35 miles from the Truman Ticket Center.

Public Transport: 

The Harry S. Truman National Historic Site offers a look into the life of a president and his family from days gone by. Explore the "summer White House" and the family farm.