On my way to visit my old town of Topeka Kansas from Champaign Illinois I stopped over in the Kansas City area. I was looking for something interesting to see and do in the area, and some guide on some website suggested I head over to the old town of Independence, which is probably most well-known for being the home-town of Harry Truman, the former American president.

First up was the Bingham-Waggoner Estate, which offers guided tours of the lovely old estate. It has quite a history, mainly surrounding "Order number 11", the evacuation of rural areas in Missouri during the American civil war to make it difficult for pro-Confederate forces to ensue guerilla warfare against the Union. Politician and artist George Caleb Bingham who resided in the estate during that time drew a painting "Order number 11" which became a symbol of resistance to the order.

This, and many other interesting and at times amusing historical stories will be told throughout the tour.

 

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate : Independence Missouri

 

They’ll play some of the old instruments for you:

 

And when I mentioned I grew up in Israel, they played this on the piano.

 

 

Location:

A great way to start your tour of Independence. There are also other interesting attractions in town, with an emphasis on Harry Truman, and some great horse-carriage tours around town. I’d say plan a whole daytrip from Kansas City to really get the full experience.



Tags: Bingham-Waggoner Estate; civil war; daytrip; George Caleb Bingham; Harry Truman; Independence; Kansas City; Missouri; Order number 11;


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