Harry S. Truman Farm Home

Harry S. Truman Farm Home

Young, Solomon, Farm--Truman, Harry S., Farm
Harry S. Truman Farm Home is located in Missouri
Harry S. Truman Farm Home
Location Grandview, Missouri
Coordinates
Built 1867
Architect Young,Solomon & Harriett Louisa G.
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 78001650
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 5, 1978[1]
Designated NHLD February 4, 1985[2]

The Harry S. Truman Farm Home, also known as the Solomon Young Farm was the residence of future U.S. president Harry S. Truman from 1906 to 1917. The house is part of Harry S. Truman National Historic Site.

The Truman Farm Home is located 15 miles (24 km) away from Independence in Grandview, Missouri. The farmhouse at 12301 Blue Ridge Blvd was built in 1894 by Harry Truman's maternal grandmother, Harriet Louisa Gregg, and is the centerpiece of a 5.25 acres (2.12 ha) remnant of the family's former 600 acres (240 ha) farm. Truman worked the farm from 1906-1917, when he was 22 years old until he was 33. It was here, said his mother, that Harry got his "common sense." There is no visitor center on the site, but the grounds are open for self-guided tours and an audio tour is available. Guided tours were formerly conducted during the summer, but were cancelled in 2013 due to sequestration-related budget cuts.[3]

The site consists of a farm house (the original burned to the ground in 1893); a reconstructed smokehouse; the Grandview post office-turned-garage (Truman moved it to the farm to store his 1911 Stafford automobile); a restored box wagon once used on the farm; and several stone fence posts marking the original boundaries of the farm, plus other original and reconstructed buildings.

After Truman returned to private life he sold portions of the farm for the Truman Corners Shopping Center as well as other Kansas City suburban development.

References

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  3. ^ Sequestration Cuts at Park, National Park Service

External links

  • Harry S. Truman NHS Farm Home Photo Tour
  • Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. MO-1937, "Harry S. Truman Farm Home, 12302 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Grandview, Jackson County, MO", 12 measured drawings