• Jesse James Farm & Museum - Kearney, Missouri

      Jesse James Farm and Museum
      Photo by Peter Thody
      This wonderfully original 1822 cabin in Clay County, Missouri was the home of the slave-owning James family and birthplace of Jesse Woodson James. It was from here that 16-year old Jesse left to join elder brother Frank in a Confederate guerrilla unit, members of which would eventually turn their hand to robbing trains, banks and stagecoaches when the war ended. After Jesse was killed by Robert Ford, he was buried at the farm. His body has since been moved to Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kearney a few miles away but the grave stone remains in place.

      If you go:
      A visit to the farm and cabin includes an excellent 20 minute film, three galleries of artifacts and a guided tour of the cabin. The site is open 9.00am-4.00pm seven days a week from May to September; opening hours from October to April are 9.00am-4.00pm Mon-Sat (closed Sundays).


      21216 Jesse James Farm Road
      Kearney, Missouri 64060 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      +1 (816) 736-8500