The John Wornall House was built in 1858 by the prosperous farmer and prominent Kansas Citian John Bristow Wornall. Significantly, the House served as a Civil War battlefield hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers during the Battle of Westport.
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When you step inside the John Wornall House Museum, you enter another century. In 1858 Kentuckian John B. Wornall built this elegant home in the Greek Revival style. Accurately restored to the period, its interior spaces and authentic furnishings demonstrate why the house was called "the most pretentious house in the section." Now engulfed by Kansas City's Brookside neighborhood, the John Wornall House originally sat on the Missouri frontier, the center of a 500-acre farm.
During the 1864 Battle of Westport, both Confederate and Union armies occupied the sturdy brick farmhouse and used it as an emergency field hospital. This significant part of the Kansas City landscape is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today guided tours take visitors through the house, where they experience the daily life of a prosperous, pre-Civil War family. Visitors may also wander through the Museum's historically accurate herb and perennial gardens. The Museum features special events throughout the year including historical lectures, social events, holiday Candlelight Tours, and our popular ghost tours.
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