Tour this antebellum home, a field hospital during the Battle of Westport. Living history, ghost tours and many special events
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When you step inside the John Wornall House Museum, you enter another century. In 1858 Kentuckian John B. Wornall built this elegant home in the Greek Revival style. Accurately restored to the period, its interior spaces and authentic furnishings demonstrate why the house was called "the most pretentious house in the section." Now engulfed by Kansas City's Brookside neighborhood, the John Wornall House originally sat on the Missouri frontier, the center of a 500-acre farm.
During the 1864 Battle of Westport, both Confederate and Union armies occupied the sturdy brick farmhouse and used it as an emergency field hospital. This significant part of the Kansas City landscape is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today guided tours take visitors through the house, where they experience the daily life of a prosperous, pre-Civil War family. At the end of the tour, enjoy our museum gift shop filled with a wide array of unique items. Visitors may also wander through the Museum's historically accurate herb and perennial gardens. The Museum features special events throughout the year including: children's classes, adult workshops, changing exhibits, and Christmas tours.
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