What: CWRTWM Guided Bus Tour to Clay County
When: Saturday, May 14, 2011. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe, 106 E. Walnut, Independence, MO.
Departure: At 9 a.m. from the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe, 106 E. Walnut, Independence, Missouri. (Some street parking available on Walnut and Main Street. Off-street parking available at the city lot at the northwest corner of Walnut and Liberty, one block west of the Blue & Grey). Betty Key will open the bookstore early that day for your shopping pleasure prior to departure.
Cost: $40 which includes bus transportation with restroom and speaker system, box lunch at the Clay County Museum, and admittance to Watkins Mill State Historic Site.
Reservations: Please make your reservation by April 30, 2011 so that we can keep the comfortable coach bus. Mail your check to CWRTWM, P. O. Box 3019, Independence, MO 64055.
For more information: Call 816 225-7944.
- Jabez Smith Slave Cemetery in eastern Jackson County. From 100 to 200 slaves died of cholera about 1850 and were buried in a persimmon grove.
- Site of the Blue Mills Landing.
- Site of the Liberty Arsenal which was raided 150 years ago on April 20, 1861 just eight days after the bombardment at Fort Sumter and is considered to be the second aggressive action of the war and was called “Missouri’s Fort Sumter.” Southern sympathizers seized over 1,000 muskets and rifles and loaded them on the steamboat War Eagle to take them to St. Joseph, Missouri where they were successfully hidden until safely transported to General Sterling Price’s army.
- Clay County Museum, 15 N. Main Street, Liberty, Missouri. An 1877 building on the square with three floors of artifacts in an original pharmacy with the doctor’s office as it was at the turn of the century on the second floor. Box lunch will be served here with a little time to stroll around the square. Be sure to visit our friends Del and Jean Warren at James Country Mercantile, 111 N. Main Street, for all your period clothing needs. Jean has presented several programs to the Round Table.
- William Jewell College which was occupied twice by federal troops—once after the Battle of Blue Mills Landing on September 17, 1861 when they set up a hospital there and made it their headquarters. Again in the summer of 1862 Union troops occupied Jewell Hall and fortified the hill.
- Fairview Cemetery
- Watkins Mill State Historic Site where we will tour an antebellum house and one of the few intact antebellum woolen mills with the machinery still in place. It is said to have made blankets for the Confederates.