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Garden & Pioneer Home Tour of Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum, Gladstone, MO

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6607 NE Antioch Road

Gladstone, MO 64119

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The Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City will guide you through a Garden and Pioneer Home Tour of Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum in Gladstone, Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:30 pm. The farm is located at 6607 NE Antioch Road, Gladstone, MO 64119. The Big Shoal Heritage Area is home to Gladstone Missouri's first historic preservation project. The Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum and the Big Shoal Cemetery are both located on the east side of Gladstone. Once home to many people from 1824-2004, this small family farm stands as a wonderful reminder that farms of the past are still present and will always have stories to share.

The home is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places as a 1900 era Missouri farmstead. The farm sits in a place that was once considered the edge of the American West. This area is rich in history and local farm culture. Museum manager Erica White will lead a tour of the farmhouse museum, which includes a new exhibit called Clay County Cooking. This exhibit is a partnership with local author Cheryl McCann on her latest book Stirring Up History: The Meals, Memories, and Memories of Our Ladies of Clay County. McCann researched the women who contributed recipes and recreates a 1903 cookbook published in Liberty, MO. Although it was published primarily by women from the Presbyterian Church, women from other local churches and different religious denominations also contributed recipes, including African American women who had previously lived in slavery. The exhibit is a visual representation of the women, recipes, and cooking methods portrayed in the book. The exhibit also showcases vintage cooking tools and measurements that may stump the modern cook.

Visitors will enjoy the beautiful acres of preserved farmland, walk the short trail to the historic Big Shoal Cemetery and look for wildlife along the way. The Big Shoal Cemetery was established in 1824 on donated land from the Hightower and Atkins family. The Big Shoal Cemetery is the final resting place for six Civil War veterans, a veteran of The War of 1812 and a veteran of the Blackhawk Indian Wars. Also resting at Big Shoal Cemetery is John Bender the founder of Acme Springs, MO on the east side of what is now Gladstone.

Explore what's growing as you visit the heirloom garden, apple orchard, or pumpkin patch. This heirloom vegetable and herb garden is a designated Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City project site. Project leaders Frank and Jolene Newkirk will be on hand to guide a tour of the garden and answer questions. Visitors can appreciate the amount of time and labor it took to meet basic needs such as food provisions.

Free and open to the public. Registration for this event is required and begins on May 15. https://mggkc-atkins-farm-tour.eventbrite.com. For further information call 816-665-4456 or visit our website @ mggkc.org and browse Gardeners’ Gathering.

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