Trip Ideas: Kansas City's Civil War Heritage
The Battle of Westport is sometimes referred to as "The Gettysburg of the West." During your time in the Kansas City area, see this site, which played an important role in the American Civil War, along with historic homes that dot the region's landscape.
Morning
Built in 1852, this estate was owned by George Caleb Bingham, famed Missouri Civil War artist. The home contains original furnishings and paintings. n the carriage house you will see a gift shop, an old-fashioned soda fountain, an original covered wagon and a collection of Bingham reproductions.Tours are offered daily, April thru October, and from the day after Thanksgiving thru Dec. 30. Events and festivals held here year-round.
313 W. Pacific Ave., Independence MO 64051, 816-461-3491
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
This 1858 house has been fully restored; during the Battle of Westport, it was struck by artillery and used as a field hospital. Regular events include living history, candlelight tours and ghost tours.
6115 Wornall Road, Kansas City MO 64113, 816-444-1858
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Evening
After a day reliving history, enjoy the present at Gram and Dun, a casual yet sophisticated gastropub and lounge. The ideal Country Club Plaza location includes one of the best patios in town.
600 Ward Parkway, Kansas City MO 64112, 816-389-2900
Hours: Mon., 11 a.m.-midnight; Tue.-Fri., 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Sat., 9:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Sun., 9:30 a.m.-midnight.
Afternoon
See Civil War markers in this park, which was the scene of fierce fighting during the 1864 Battle of Westport. Markers show the positions of both Union and Confederate troops, as well as locations of Confederate artillery.
5100 Wornall Rd., Kansas City MO 64112, 816-513-7500
Hours: Dawn-dusk.
Kansas City's oldest remaining brick residence is located in the Westport area. The Greek Revival mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the fall of 1861, the Harris home was used as headquarters for the Union Army. The house and grounds have been restored to their 1850s appearance.
4000 Baltimore, Kansas City MO 64111, 816-561-1821
Hours: Fri.-Sat., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; other days by appointment.