Jackson County's first government building, constructed with slave labor, was the only courthouse between St. Louis and the Pacific at the time the Santa Fe Trail trade began. Two-room log structure was home to roots of Jackson County where controversial slave state, land disputes and westward expansion issues were dealt with. Once a Mormon mercantile store, this structure has a great significance to members of the LDS church. Harry Truman held court here in the 1930s.
Day Trips - Weston, Missouri
From Kansas City, take I-29 North to exit 20 (just north of Platte City). Go west on Highway 92 to Tracy, Missouri. Follow signs to Weston. About 30 minutes from downtown Kansas City. See below for our best bets, or visit westonmo.com.
Green Dirt Farm
Green Dirt Farm is a small farm located in the bluffs of Weston. The farm is dedicated to producing the highest quality grass-fed lamb and Farmstead sheep’s milk cheeses using milk from its own pastured ewes. Group tours are available through advance reservation only. The farm also offers Farm Table Dinners which celebrate the important link between landscape and food where local chefs prepare a four course dinner from farm grown, harvested, produced and foraged ingredients.
Allow 1 to 2 hours
Weston Brewing Company
Reopened in December of 2005 by long-time friends and avid brewers, Michael Coakley and Corey Weinfurt, the Weston Brewing Company boasts a modern 24-barrel brewing system capable of producing 20,000 kegs of beer annually. Their flagship beer, O’Malley’s Irish Cream Ale, carries on the tradition of brewing in historic Weston that began 164 years ago. Tours are available on Saturdays or by appointment.
Allow 1 hour
The winery is located in the historic German Lutheran Evangelical Church built in 1867. The wine is produced, aged and bottled on the first floor of the two-story brick building with the second floor serving as a tasting room and gift shop. Visitors may also taste the handcrafted wines in the wine garden while enjoying a basket of bread, cheeses, fruit and summer sausage; perfect accompaniment to the wine.
Allow 1 hour
Weston Bend State Park
Catch a glimpse of the Missouri River as Lewis and Clark saw it in 1804 from the Weston Bend State Park scenic overlook. The scenic overlook provides visitors a view of the River, Fort Leavenworth, and beyond. The 1,133-acre park has a hiking trail meandering through the woods and along the edge of the bluff with great views of the river. Five tobacco barns remain on the land to interpret the important role of tobacco in the area's history.
Allow 45 minutes
Weston Historical Museum and Home Tours
From rare Native American moccasins to early physician instruments to vintage clothing displays, the Weston Historical Museum has preserved local artifacts to enjoy today. Discover what life was like in Platte County from prehistoric days through World War II. Group tours are also available of several historic homes.
Allow 1 to 2 hours
Lewis and Clark Exhibit
In the Weston train depot is "In the Wake of Lewis and Clark" exhibit. This exhibit chronicles the history and environment of this part of the lower Missouri River from the time the Lewis and Clark expedition past here in 1804. It also details how Weston came to be the largest American city west of St. Louis in the years just prior to the Civil War.
Allow 30 minutes
Saint George Hotel
The historic Saint George Hotel was built in 1845 as a three-story structure with 47 rooms on the top two floors. Billed as a working man's hotel, the first floor provided a saloon, sample rooms, a lobby-tobacco shop, a restaurant, and two retail spaces.
Today, it’s beautifully restored and features guest rooms, a wine bar and the National Silk Art Museum which includes 200 silk tapestries, based on works of major artists primarily of the 19th and 20th century.
Allow 1 hour
McCormick Country Store
McCormick is the oldest distillery in the United States operating at its original site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Lewis and Clark discovered natural limestone springs in the rolling hills of Missouri. Years later Ben Holladay saw these limestone springs as the ingredient for great whiskey needed to supply the vast number of wagon trains passing through Weston. In 1856 he started his distillery. While the distillery is no longer open for tours, The McCormick Country Store located on Main Street in Weston sells all McCormick products and gift items; a .25 cent sample bar is available for customers over 21 years of age.
Allow 30 to 45 minutes
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Relaxing atmosphere with a broad range of beer styles. Located on the historical Independence square.
Water fun for the whole family. Park open May 24-Sept. 1, season passes also available; call 816-235-7843 for information. Additional Independence Parks to enjoy : -Water Playground - McCoy Park Location: 24 Highway & North Delaware This is a summer delight, with water play/spray features that are appropriate for children of all ages and give kids the opportunity to cool off in the summer heat. -Water Playground - Rotary Park Location: 24th & Hardy This summer fun spot is a concrete pad with spray features that shoot, spray or mist water for kids to enjoy.
The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum.
The American Royal hosts many of Kansas City's premier fall events including the World Series of Barbecue®; the world's largest barbecue competition, their Livestock Show; one of the Midwest's largest livestock expositions, a PRCA sanctioned professional rodeo, and 6 prestigious horse shows including the UPHA National Championship Horse Show. These events allow the American Royal, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, to give over $1 million annually for youth scholarships and support agriculture education programs.
Focusing on the role of agribusiness in our lives. Participate in tours led by trained, museum docents. Try out the new equine exhibit and learn about different gaits. Gain insight into the vital role that agriculture played in Kansas City's rich and storied history. Learn about the beginnings of the American Royal and the impact of Tom Bass and Loula Long Combs. Observe horse show, rodeo and livestock show clothing, saddles and memorabilia. Compare your weight with chickens, market hogs, and feeder steers. Visit the reading corner, play computer games, and learn about livestock judging.
Blade & Timber's premier axe throwing facility in the Power & Light District offers 11 throwing lanes, a party room, good eats, beer, wine and an expanded selection of entertainment including darts and yard games. Safety-certified coaches spend one-on-one time with each guest to master the bullseye. Guests are encouraged to play games and even try a few trick shots during the 1.5 hour axe throwing experience. Axe throwing is the perfect outing for friends, families, corporate groups, special events and team building activities.
The Beast has earned its reputation as a top 13 haunted house in the nation for years. Find your way through this thrilling open format design where visitors pass by dramatic scenes on four floors with a twisted path out. Traverse through the haunted house in a true 4D experience that includes movie-quality special effects, holograms, props, animatronics and a real alligator.
The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is recognized today as one of the most significant historical sites in western Missouri because of its role in the history of the area and the people that lived there. Plotted in 1827 on that super highway west called the Santa Fe Trail, the Estate played an important part in our region's history. Of the many colorful owners, characters and residents of this now legendary home, the most famous is the artist and politician George Caleb Bingham.
Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Our mission is simple -- to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. The Boulevard story begins in 1988, when founder John McDonald started construction of the brewery in a turn-of-the-century brick building on Kansas City's historic Southwest Boulevard. A vintage Bavarian brewhouse was installed, and the first batches of beer were produced in the fall of 1989.