Harris-Kearney House outside
Harris-Kearney House family

Preserving The History of Westport

The House is open for tours on Fridays and Saturdays!

Stopping Stones Installation Ceremony

Stopping Stones arts initiative is partnering with the Westport Historical Society and the 1855 Harris-Kearney House to recognize and celebrate an enslaved African-American woman named, Harriet “Hattie” Drisdom Kearney, who was just nine years old when she was auctioned and purchased for $1,300 by Col. Charles E. Kearney and his family

Welcome to the Westport Historical Society

1855 Harris-Kearney House

Westport, in the heart of Kansas City, is a small village that is filled with legend and history. The Westport Historical Society (WHS) celebrates the lively history of Westport and its first citizens. We welcome you to visit us and step back in time to an earlier day when Westport and the Town of Kansas were on the nation’s frontier.  WHS is headquartered in the 1855 Harris-Kearney House at 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri 64111.

More than 150 years ago, thousands of adventurers from all walks of life came to Westport to explore and seek their fortunes along the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails. Mountain men and preachers walked the lanes and streets of Westport, drawn here by the mystique of the West. The village of Westport flourished with a cosmopolitan flavor as merchants outfitted wagon trains headed to the Spanish and Mexican settlements. Everyday, more and more people began their westward journey in Westport and as the town grew, the foundation for Kansas City was laid. Today, Westport is a thriving community where people live and shop in many of Westport’s original buildings. Although the reason why people flood to Westport has changed in the past 150 years, the energy and vitality of the district remain the same!

WHS & The 1855 Harris-Kearney House

The Westport Historical Society (WHS) actively preserves the unique moment in history of the great Westward Migration by sharing the stories of how Kansas City began and by educating the greater Kansas City community of Westport’s role in the shaping of the society in America. WHS is headquartered in the 1855 Harris-Kearney House in Westport, MO. As Kansas City’s oldest brick home,the 1855 Harris-Kearney House preserves the history of Westport and the Town of Kansas. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Harris-Kearney House Museum illustrates the lives of the first residents and their contributions to the formation of the greater KC area. Please come visit & take a tour!

WHS also researches the Battle of Westport, the largest Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi. We are partnered with the Monnett Battle of Westport Fund in its efforts to restore and preserve the Westport Battlefields. We invite you to bring research ideas to us. As a member, you have access to our resources and contacts! History students of all ages, school districts, history buffs and Westport’s residents are all encouraged to make the Historical Society their favorite resource.


The Westport Historical Society celebrates and commemorates the 19th Century when Americans journeyed West to chase their dream. Many chose the town of Westport as the point where they "jumped off" onto the trails and into the great American Wilderness. We are a Freedom's Frontier Star Partner & Part of The Historic Santa Fe Trail!


The Westport Historical Society is always working on something!  We participate and organize many  community events, reenactments, historical preservation activities, educational workshops, seasonal celebrations, paranormal classes, traveling exhibits, and more!  See what is going on at WHS and the 1855 Harris- Kearney House.


Become a member of The Westport Historical Society. Join with us in preserving the history and artifacts of the original town of OLD WESTPORT! Your membershipi s important to the history of Westport and early Kansas City preservation and education efforts, the 1855 Harris Kearney House Museum, and Westport Historical Society

Upcoming Events
Nov 14, 2020

Westport Historical Society Annual Meeting and Luncheon

More information to come pending current COVID-19 situation

Dec 5 & 6, 2020

Christmas Open House

See for yourself how the Harris family decorated and celebrated the year end holidays in the 1800s.  Call 816-561-1821 for tour times.

May - June 2021

Doll Extravaganza


Award winning dolls and makers in a curated exhibit. Check Facebook for the latest details!

July-August 2021
September 12, 2021
Sept - Oct 2021

Music Exhibit and Concerts

A time to learn about, listen to and enjoy many facets of 19th Century Music . . . with interesting twists that can still be heard in 2020 music.

Lost Arts Fair and Westport Art Fair

The Harris-Kearney House and Westport Historical Society are excited that the Lost Arts Fair will once again be featured but ONLY ON SATURDAY of the Westport Art Fair.

Quilt Extravaganza and Exhibits of Tammy Reid's Quilts

Even bigger and better than 2019, check out the assemblage of fantastic quilts. All exhibits are complemented with special programming and events. 

Thank You to Our Business Members.

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Tell them the Westport Historical Society sent you ;)


The Westport Historical Society (WHS) was established in 1950 to promote and foster public interest in and preserve the significant history of Westport, Missouri and Town of Kansas, Missouri and their founders.  Your donations will help to keep the WHS moving forward and working to preserve the history of Westport for future generations.

Hours of Operation

Due to COVID-19 pandemic as local guidelines allow, we are open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5 pm, with the last tour beginning at 4:15 pm. 

Private tours or group tours are available upon request and require a deposit or prepayment to hold the reservation. Please call (816) 561-1821 or email westporthistorical@gmail.com to schedule.


(816) 561-1821



4000 Baltimore

Kansas City, Missouri 64111



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A Place in History

The Harris-Kearney House and Westport Historical Society are members of The Santa Fe Trail Association.  The Harris-Kearney House is a designated historic site on the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon Trails. Travelers along these trails would stop in "West Port" before "jumping off!"  We make efforts to conserve the history of these trails for generations to come!

The latest information, hours, and fees are on our Facebook page.

© 2019 Westport Historical Society, a tax-deductible 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization