Through ongoing events, exhibits, and engaging educational programs, the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum seeks to encourage a greater awareness and appreciation for local history.
Wheel Chair Accessible
Visit Gladstone's New Historic Attraction!
This 22-acre preserved farm includes the newly-restored original farmhouse, now serving as a museum, farm outbuildings, and cemetery all dating back to the 1830’s. The farmhouse museum highlights the property’s original log home encased in its walls. Throughout the house traveling exhibits on 19th century history are mixed with permanent exhibits on rural Missouri farm life. Visitors will enjoy walking the short trail across the beautiful property which connects the historic Big Shoal Cemetery to the site’s heirloom vegetable and herb garden. Planted nearby the trail are rows of blueberries, raspberries, and a small apple orchard. The farm also keeps local bees and sells the honey to support the site. Restored and opened to the public in 2013 for the first time, the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum now offers wide ranging special events and programs for families and home schoolers. Tours inside the house are available during regular seasonal hours.
Parking is free and located at the main entrance off NE Antioch Road. Disabled parking is provided, walkways and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
Visitors with disabilities will have access to portions of the main floor of the farmhouse, but not the parlor, living room and foyer. Docents will be available to provide additional information on rooms with restricted access.
With the exception of service animals, pet are not permitted inside the museum or on the grounds.
Big Shoal Cemetery
Visitors are welcomed to tour the Big Shoal Cemetery from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week, year-round. Free public parking is located off NE 64th Street. A self-guided walking tour brochure is provided at the cemetery's informational welcome kiosk. The cemetery is public property and always free to visitors.
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