Guided Walking Tours 2018
Join the City of Liberty and Historic Liberty, Inc. for the 14th annual Historic Walking Tour Series. These architecture and history tours highlight Liberty's historic features and stories of the past.
Tours are led by a variety of volunteers and local experts and feature a different topic each month. The tours are a favorite among history and architecture buffs across the metropolitan area. All tours begin at 10 a.m. and generally last an hour. The tour schedule is as follows:
May 5 - Historic Churches
Learn about some of downtown Liberty's most historic and beautiful churches. Tour meets at 138 N. Main Street at the Presbyterian Church inner courtyard.
June 2 - Liberty Square Tour
Your tour guide will share some fascinating details of American history and tell the stories of some of Liberty's founding fathers. You an take a peek inside the historic buildings where the first businesses in Liberty began. Tour meets at the Jesse James Bank Museum at the corner of Water and Franklin Streets.
July 14 - Foodie Tour of Downtown Liberty
Sample the cuisine from several downtown eateries. Tickets for this tour are $10 and are limited to the first 25 participants. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Wilkerson Food Pantry. Tickets will be available mid-June by calling 816-781-3575. Tour meets at the HDLI Office, 117b N. Main St.
August 4 - Main Street & Garrison School
Prior to 1865, it was against the law to teach a slave to read or write. For more than a century, Liberty African Americans lived under the law of "separate but equal education". This tour will take you into the neighborhood and school of the first African American residents in Liberty. Tour meets at the corner of Mississippi and Main Streets.
September 8 - Fairview Cemetery
Founded in 1855 after Mt. Memorial Cemetery ran out of space, Fairview Cemetery is adjacent to the former Clay County Fairgrounds, hence the name. Many of the City's most influential and well known families are buried here. Tour meets at the rock arch on West Schrader Street.
October 6 - Jewell District, Expanded
One of the most popular walking tours, this tour features the area that was the first addition to the Town of Liberty in 1839. See some of Liberty's oldest and most beautiful homes and learn about the earliest residents of the City. Tour meets at the corner of Missouri and Kansas Streets.
All tours are free, with the exception of the Foodie Tour, and are open to the public. Tours are on foot, so participants are reminded to wear comfortable walking shoes. For more information about the tours, call the City's Community Development Office at 816.439.4537.