Guided Walking Tours 2020

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 9 – Liberty Square

Your tour guide will share some fascinating details of Civil War history and tell the stories of some of Liberty’s founding fathers. You can take a peek inside the historic buildings where the first businesses in Liberty began. Meet at the corner of N. Water & Franklin streets.

June 6 – Mount Memorial Cemetery

Mt. Memorial Cemetery was the first public burying ground for the Town of Liberty.  When platted in 1836 it was outside the City limits. The road on the south side (Mississippi St) was one of the roads out of town.  In this cemetery are buried many of the founding fathers of Liberty.  One of the burials is a circus performer who “Loved too much, but not wisely.”  Meet at the cemetery’s north entrance off of Miller Avenue on the WIlliam Jewell College campus.

July 11 – 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. Meet at Mississippi & Main Street

August 1 - Foodie Tour of Downtown Liberty

This tour encompasses the downtown places to eat and a little history of each of those buildings. Only 25 tickets will be sold and are $20.  Proceeds will benefit the local food pantry.  Tickets are required and will be available after June 15 by calling 816-781-3575 or online at www.historicdowntownliberty.org. Participants will receive a $10 voucher to use within 30 days of the tour at participating restaurants. Meet at the HDLI Welcome Center, 117 N. Main St.

September 12 - Dougherty District

This local historic district is the gateway to downtown Liberty, running along west Franklin and Kansas Streets. This neighborhood grew from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.  On this tour you will see has a wide variety of architecturally significant structures. Meet at W. Franklin & Gallatin streets.

October 3 – Fairview Cemetery

This cemetery was founded in 1855 as a result of Mt. Memorial Cemetery needing more space.  This cemetery is adjacent to the former Clay County Fairgrounds to the south, hence the name.  Many of the City’s influential and well known families are buried here. Meet at the stone archway on W. Shrader Street across the street from the Clay County Government Building at 234  W. Shrader St.