Things to Do

Johnson County Courthouse

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The original 1842 Johnson County Courthouse was the site of the 1870 Old Drum trial, famous for George Graham Vest’s closing argument, known as “Tribute to a Dog.” The oration is said to be the origin of the phrase “a dog is a man’s best friend.” By act of legislature, Old Drum is now Missouri’s State Historic Dog!

Tours offered. A restored ca. 1907 one-room school and the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library and Johnson County Museum are adjacent. Admission: $5.


302 N. Main St.
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Partially Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
No Smoking
Activities Within 10 Miles
Biking / Walking Trails
Historic District
Winery / Vineyard
Cost Of Admission
Donations Accepted
Less Than $10
General Interest Info
Open Year-round
This Facility Is In The National Register Of Historic Places
Group Policy
Advance Contact Requested
Pet Policy
Pets On Leash Allowed
Suitable For These Age Groups
All Ages
Types Of Payment Accepted
American Express Card
Personal Check
Travelers Checks