The Later Years: 

The James Farm From 1911 to 1980

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This exhibit explores the post-outlaw years of the James Farm, from the death of Zerelda Samuel, mother of the infamous outlaws Frank and Jesse James, through the purchase of the farm from the James Family by Clay County in 1978, and the archeological dig conducted in 1980.  “This exhibit will answer questions visitors often have about what life was like when Frank James and his son Robert lived at the farm, and how and when the county acquired the property.” says Clay County Historic Sites Assistant Superintendent, Emily Doolan, who curated the exhibit.  “These were not the turbulent outlaw years, but visitors are still curious about how the family lived when the dust of those wild days finally settled.”  Quilts, clothing, personal items, hand-made crafts, and items found during the archaeological dig are on display, as well as Annie James diploma. She graduated from the Independence Female College in Independence, Missouri in 1872. The diploma was restored in 2013 as a gift from the Friends of the James Farm, and is display oin the museum for the very first time. 

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contact us

Public Services Division
Historic Sites

Elizabeth Gilliam-Beckett

Clay County Historic Sites
21216 James Farm Rd.
Kearney, Missouri 64060

phone: (816) 736-8500
fax: (816) 736-8501

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