Guided Walking Tours 2019
Join the City of Liberty and Historic Liberty, Inc. for the 15th 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 4 - Foodie Tour
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 sold by HDLI and available by calling 816-781-3575. Tour meets at the HDLI Office, 117b N. Main St.
June 1 - History of the Town Square
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 13 - 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.
August 3 - Downtown Murals
Downtown Liberty is loaded with murals. On this tour we will discover murals of paint and tiles, housed inside and outside that silently tell the rich stories of Liberty and Clay County from Lewis and Clark to present time. Tour meets at the fountain in front of City Hall, 101 E Kansas St.
September 7 - Jewell & Lightburne Districts
One of the most popular walking tours! This area 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 in the city. Tour meets at the corner of Kansas and Leonard Streets.
October 5 - 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.
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.