I visited the Jesse James James Farm and Museum while in the Area for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Located in Kearney, the Jesse James Farm is only about a 45-minute drive from Downtown Kansas City. Visiting in March, I was the only guest. I started my tour with the movie about Jesse and his family that was very interesting and helped me understand some of the important event that took place not only on the property but in the surrounding area. After the movie, I was greeted by my tour guide who escorted me on the short walk from the Visitors Center to the farm House. Again, I was the only guest which made me feel like I was getting a personal tour. The tour was more of a conversation than a scripted tour you often get. My guide was a young lady who was very knowledgeable and more than willing to answer and discuss any question that I had. Because I was the only guest my formal tour of the house last about 45-minutes. No photo are permitted inside the house, but you can take as many as you want outside. Once the formal tour is over visitors are free to stay and walk the grounds for as long as they want. Locate in the back yard of the farm house is the original grave of Jesse James, after his mother’s death Jesse was re-buried next to her in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kearney. As you walk up the path to the farm house visitors will see a horse shoe buried in the front walk way. This horse shoe was place there by Frank James when he lived on the property and gave tours to visitors. It is said to be from his favorite horse, Old Dan. After completing my tour of the property I made my way back to the Visitors Center and toured the small museum which has a very large number of personal artifacts from the James Family including what is left of the original tombstone and handles from the Original coffin. All in all I spent about 2-hour at the farm before making my way back to Kearney and a quick stop at the Mount Olivet Cemetery where Jesse is buried next to his Mother and wife, both named Zarelda, his Step-father, Dr. Reuben Samuels and his half-brother Archie Samuels. Very interesting place and I would recommend it to anyone who is in the area.
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