Gladstone, MO

The historical Atkins-Johnson Farmhouse in Gladstone, Missouri is a museum worth exploring

CJ Coombs
Atkins-Johnson Farmhouse Property in Gladstone, Missouri.25or6to4, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

There's a historic house and farm located in Gladstone, Missouri called the Atkins-Johnson Farmhouse Property (also referred to as the Atkins Farm), and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

Items of interest on the property that contribute to it being listed as historic include a root cellar, milk house, and well and pump structure. The original part of the building made of logs was constructed around 1826. In 1853, the home was enlarged.

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. The farm sits in a place that was once considered the edge of the American West. (Source.)

The property

The Atkins-Johnson Farmhouse Property is located in Gladstone, Clay County, Missouri. The buildings and farmyard are on two acres. The farmhouse is referred to as an I-House which is a vernacular house type and popular since the colonial period.

The original 1826 log house consisting of two rooms was encased in the larger house built in 1853. On the property is a historic farmyard. The log house was built by John Z. Atkins.

Each contributing resource successfully conveys its period of construction and its associations with the continuum of farmstead buildings and structures commonly found in the rural landscape of the region in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. (Source.)

The Atkins

John Z. and Frances Eubanks Atkins were the owners of eighty-nine acres in 1825. Mr. Atkins was a preacher for Regular Baptists who built their first church in Clay County in 1822. ("The Regular Baptist Church is a fellowship of conservative, evangelical churches within the Baptist tradition.") Atkins gave one acre of his farmstead for a site of a church, with a corner of the acre to be reserved as a burial plot for the Atkins family. Their son, John Q. Atkins, and his wife, Mary, inherited the property.

On August 24, 1920, a warranty deed for the property was filed indicating that the property was purchased by Mary A. Johnson. She and her husband, John Johnson, and their children lived in the house. The property remained in the Johnson family until it was sold to the City of Gladstone.

Several of the Atkins family members are buried at the Big Shoal Cemetery. Click here to read some of the history associated with the Atkins and cemetery.

A 1985 property atlas of Clay County indicates that Joseph E. Johnson and others owned the original Atkins parcels. The property continued to be owned by the Johnson family until it was recently sold to the City of Gladstone. (Source.)

Now recognized as the Atkins-Johnson Farm Property and Museum, visitors are welcome to see the property. The museum is located at 4109 NE Pleasant Valley Rd., Gladstone, MO 64119.

Thank you for reading. Keeping history alive.

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