• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

Places To Go

Harry S Truman National Historic Site includes the Truman Home in Independence, Missouri, and the Truman Farm Home in Grandview, Missouri. Both units are within the Kansas City metropolitan area (population 1.9 million).
 
Screened-in back porch of Truman Home.

The Truman Home tour begins on the screened-in back porch.

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Truman Home:
Harry S Truman (1884-1972), 33rd President of the United States, lived here from 1919 until his death. The white Queen Anne style house at 219 North Delaware Street was built by the maternal grandfather of Bess Wallace Truman (1885-1982), and was known as the "Summer White House" during the Truman administration (1945-1953).

The site also includes the two adjacent homes of Mrs. Truman's brothers, and, across Delaware Street, the Noland House, where the President's favorite aunt and cousins lived.

 
Truman Farm home.

Truman Farm Home in the summer.

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Truman Farm Home:
Built in 1894 by Harry Truman's maternal grandmother, the Farm Home is the centerpiece of a 5.25 acre remnant of the family's former 600-acre farm. Mr. Truman worked the farm as a young man, from 1906-1917. It was here, said his mother, that Harry got his "common sense." Several outbuildings are also on the site.

Did You Know?

Truman farm home. Credit: National Park Service

In 2004, the NPS was authorized to acquire an additional five acres of land south of the Truman farm home in Grandview, thus increasing the size of Harry S Truman National Historic site to about 11 acres.