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Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site


Park Information

See where “The Buck” started at Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site. Visitors can view the small frame house where the future President was born, and see furnishings that reflect what a house in western Missouri would have looked like during the time Truman lived in the house.

Park Hours

Historic Site Grounds:

  • Sunrise to sunset, year-round

Site Office hours

  • March through October
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday
    12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Easter day
  • November through February
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday
    Closed New Year's, Thanksgiving and Christmas days


  • Free tours are offered during the hours listed above.
Every spring, the woodlands in Missouri burst with color even before the trees begin to bud. The first signs of spring come from plants called spring ephemerals. Ephemeral refers to a plant with a very short life cycle. Spring ephemerals take advantage of all the sunlight hitting the forest floor before the leaves come out. They bloom and die back very quickly, but while they are blooming, they put on a stunning show. From the blues and purples of the Virginia bluebells to the oddly-shaped white Dutchman’s breeches, a bounty of color and new life awaits you on many Missouri state park and historic site trails. One of the most popular trails for spring ephemeral wildflower viewing is the Thousand Steps Trail at Washington State Park. If you take a walk on this trail, your eyes will be treated to a carpet of trilliums, bluebells, Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauties and wild sweet Williams. For more on trail in Washington State Park, visit