Our staff has been busy planning some amazing events for the Fall! We hope you can join us for one- or all of them!
October Ghost Tours- Can you believe this is our 7th year for Haunted Ghost Tours? Every Friday (except 10/13) and Saturday in October visitors can take a tour of the 1859 Jail and learn about the "spirits" that haunt the building. After you tour, guests will board a covered wagon to travel around the Historic Independence Square to learn more history. Tour times are at 7, 8, and 9PM. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for kids and go on sale to the general public September 5th. Members of JCHS have the option of purchasing early bird tickets beginning on September 1st.
Historical Hauntings at the 1859 Jail- Friday the 13th! We have something special planned for Friday the 13th! The event has the same format as the Haunted Ghost Tours, but in Historical Hauntings, visitors have the opportunity to meet some of the "ghosts" that haunt our jail. Tour times are 7, 8, and 9PM. Tickets are $25 for adults, not recommended for children.
The Bandit Rides Again- Trial Re-Enactment- October 14th, 1PM, Historic Truman Courthouse, Brady Courtroom. The Jackson County Historical Society will reenact the retrial of Bill "Whiskeyhead" Ryan and his involvement in the 1881 robbery of an Alton & Chicago train about five miles east of Independence at the Glendale Station. It is equally a story about the end of the Jesse James gang. This event is based on extensive research by local historian Ralph Monaco and will feature many members of the Jackson County legal community and other historic reenactors. The public performance will take place in the actual courtroom where the case was first heard in September 1881.
Space is limited for the performance in the historic Brady Courtroom in the Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square. Tickets are $10. Buy yours here.