The John Wornall House, Kansas City

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The John Wornall House Museum is a historic house museum in Kansas City, Missouri. The museum, located at 6115 Wornall Road in the Brookside area of Kansas City, is furnished to represent the daily life of a prosperous, pre-Civil War family.
The house was built in 1858 by John B. Wornall in the Greek Revival style of architecture, with bricks hand-fired on the Wornalls' property. It is one of the four remaining Civil War period homes in the Kansas City area. John Wornall's father, Richard Wornall, had owned a mule- and horse-trading business in Shelbyville, Kentucky, which ran into financial difficulties. In 1843 Richard Wornall sold 640acre of Shelby County land, thirteen slaves, and most of his livestock and possessions to settle debts totaling almost $25,000. With the rest of his money, Richard Wornall, his wife Judith, and their two sons George Thomas and John Bristow moved to Westport, Missouri. Upon arrival there in October 1843, Richard Wornall purchased five slaves and a 500acre farm from the town father, John Calvin McCoy. The land, for which Wornall paid $5 per acre, stretched between present-day 59th and 67th streets, State Line and Main Street in what is now Kansas City.
Richard and Judith's second son, John B. Wornall, eventually inherited the property and built the present house for his second wife, Eliza S. Johnson Wornall.
During the American Civil War, the Wornalls' home was used as a field hospital for both the Union and Confederate forces after the Battle of Westport.
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  • There was a girl (the guide) who explained the events and interesting facts of each room of the house. It was a rainy day, but nothing got in the way of the visit.
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  • The home is well maintained and is a fine example of local Kansas City history. It is worth visiting.  more »
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  • It's an amazing and exciting place with great History. I love it here because it's haunted. Yes, I love being scared but as a group. And it's no joke for a good experience you will never forget. Always carry with you Holy water for safety. 😱😨😰😊🙂😃❤❤❤
  • Really cool experience to see where we have come from. Learned more about the region during the civil war in one tour than reading a history book could ever teach and makes it more real

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