Kansas City has become a growing hotspot for the tech industry and sports fans alike making it a rapidly expanding city. Brand new homes have popped up all over the city, sometimes next to some famous historical homes. These homes make it easy to look back at the past and learn about Kansas City’s past.
Here’s a glance at the top historical homes in Kansas City:
Located in Independence, Mo. the Vaile Mansion was built in 1881 by local entrepreneur and U.S. mail contractor Harvey Merrick Vaile. Boasting 30 rooms, this mansion is one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the country. Ceiling murals, extravagant furnishings, and whimsical detailing make this mansion a place to see. They even offer tours so you can take a step back in time.
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Weston Missouri boasts Benner House built in the late 1800’s. This home has double wrap porches, gingerbread architectural details and large verandas in this two-story home. As a bonus, this spacious house is a bed and breakfast where you can fully immerse yourself in the past for a weekend.
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The Strang Carriage House
The Strang Carriage House was renovated in the mid 1990’s in Overland Park. Built in 1910, housed personal vehicles for the founder of the city, William Strang. This limestone building has been repurposed as a resource center and can be visited throughout the week.
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Moses Grinter, one of the earliest settlers of Kansas, established his home here in 1857. His ferry on the Kansas River helped to traders and settlers along the Santa Fe Trail. Eventually Grinter established a trading post in Wyandotte County. Later this home became a fried chicken restaurant until the historical homes society purchased it in the 1970’s.
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The John Wornall House
John B. Wornall built his Greek Revival Style home in 1858 and it stood as a symbol of his wealth and societal status. The bricks were fired on site and Wornall’s slaves built the home. During the Civil War battle of Westport this home served as a field hospital for soldiers on both side of the war. It has since been accurately restored in its Brookside neighborhood and is one of the most recognized homes in Kansas City.
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Carroll Mansion in Leavenworth was built in 1857 and was where Lucien Scott, the Vice President of the Kansas Central Railroad resides. Stained glass windows and antiques from the area fill the home, truly transporting visitors to the past. 2015 marked 50 years of this home serving as a museum and guests will not be disappointed when they visit.
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A trip around Kansas City can truly be a blast from the past. The history that has been preserved here is astonishing and should be visited by all Kansas Citians and tourists alike.