Your next getaway could go down in history when you spend it at a Kearney bed and breakfast. Located in the Greater Kansas City region of Missouri, this small town is most famous for being the birthplace of notorious outlaw Jesse James.
Satisfy your curiosity about Jesse James and his brother Frank when you visit their childhood home, the James’ family farm. Take a guided tour of the house and view artifacts and memorabilia at the Jesse James museum. Jesse’s gravesite also is located in Kearney next to his wife’s in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Kearney has been host to the Annual Jesse James Festival for over thirty years.
Not all of Kearney’s past is so dark. For a glimpse into what life was like in Missouri in the 1870s visit the nearby Watkins Woolen Mill and State Park, where you can take a tour of the mill and homestead or even participate in the living history program presented during the spring and throughout the fall. The park also provides a number of recreational activities, including hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding.
A short drive from Kearney presents even more opportunities for outdoor recreation in the form of Smithville Lake, where visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, hunting, horseback riding, and hiking.
Use Kearney as your home base and travel into Kansas City for additional adventures.
Choose lodging at a Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri member B&B instead of a chain hotel, and you are sure to enjoy comfortable accommodations, a pleasant atmosphere and true Missouri hospitality.