Historic Sites

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Clay County, Mo.

Contact Us

Public Services
Historic Sites

Elizabeth Gilliam-Beckett

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

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


Historic Locations include: 

Jesse James Birthplace and James Bank Museum

Mt. Gilead Church and School

Pharis Farm

Get Involved

Friends of the James Farm

In 1981 the Friends of the James Farm was formed as a non profit organization to restore and promote the farm.  You can become a part of this historic adventure when you join Friends of the James Farm.  Your membership supports historic preservation and development.  You will also have the chance to attend the annual reunion and meet others who share your enthusiasm for this exciting perod in American history. They also host their Black Powder Shoots 3 times a year at the James Farm and hold writing competitions.

For your contribution you will receive our quarterly newsletter and an invitation to the annual reunion, plus a single free admission to the museum.  You also have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped preserve one of Missouri’s oldest historic sites.

Go to their website for information on upcoming events and how to join. 

Friends of the Pharis Farm

The Friends of the Pharis Farm help create awareness of Historic Pharis Farm, promote Donald Pharis' mission to educate kids about agriculture and provide support for upgrading and maintaining the historic home. They host many different events. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can find and print the Friends' brochure and membership form here, payments can be made through PayPal on The Friends of the Pharis Farm website, or contact Friends of the Pharis Farm co-presidents, Don and Ann Grundy.

To see photos from all Friends of Pharis Farm events, click here.


We welcome volunteers to help out at our events. If you wish to become a volunteer, email us and tell us about it.

Events Calendar

If you'd like to see a list of other events that are going on in the area, check out this calendar on the Clay County Visit page.