• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

Truman Family Farm

The Truman Farm

The Truman farmhouse was built in 1894 and was originally the center of a 600-acre working farm.

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Twenty-two-year-old Harry Truman gave up his $100 a month bank salary to go work on the family farm in 1906. The farmhouse, with no plumbing or electricity, stood in stark contrast to the bright lights of Kansas City. On the farm, Harry had little privacy, sharing the seven-room house with his grandmother, parents, sister and brother.

Harry slept in a room above the dining area with brother Vivian and the hired hands. The bedroom was like an oven in the summer and an icebox in the winter. "It was an awful task to arise this morning in that ten-degree room," he wrote in 1914.

Harry's day began when his father called from the foot of the stairs. Before the smell of frying bacon filled the house, Harry was up feeding livestock and milking cows. Then, he came in to help Mamma and Mary Jane cook. According to one farm hand, Harry could "stir up as good a batch of biscuits as any woman."

After breakfast, Harry usually put in a long day of physically demanding work. In the evenings, the family gathered in the sitting room to read and talk. In the parlor, Harry, Mary Jane, or Mamma played the piano, while John added his mellow voice to sing-a-longs.

During Harry's eleven years on the farm, he worked hard, planned for the future, and confronted each challenge with calm determination. His demanding father expected Harry to do his best - whether it was planning straight corn rows or stacking hay. After his father's death in 1914, Harry assumed responsibility for the farm's success or failure.

To learn more about the Truman Farm Home, click on the links below to read the site bulletin and take a photo tour of the home's interior.

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Harry Truman spent 11 years on the farm in Grandview. Today, the farmhouse and surrounding 10 acres is preserved and part of Harry S Truman National Historic Site.
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Did You Know?

Truman addressing the United Nations Conference. Credit: Truman Library.

The Senate ratified the UN charter on 28 July 1945. This was the first international organization in which the United States participated whose purpose was to settle disputes peacefully rather than by war.