Monday, June 20, 2011

Every Day is Independence Day in Independence, Missouri!

We’re proud of our place in history here in Independence, Missouri!   We can lay claim to several important events in the growth and development of the USA.  In the 1800’s, Independence was the original point of departure of the California, Oregon and Santa Fe Trails; Lewis and Clark recorded in their journals that they stopped here in 1804 to pick plums, raspberries, and wild apples.  Our city played a pivotal role in the early history of the Latter Day Saint movement and two important battles occurred here during the Civil War.  Harry S Truman, thirty-third President of the United States, grew up in Independence and it is the site of his Presidential Museum and Library.  For us, every day is Independence Day!

There is, of course, a special observance here on July 4th of each year and we’re all looking forward to the eighth annual Independence Day Celebration.  It will be an evening of great music and spectacular fireworks.  The celebration is a gift from the City and their partners, the Mormon Visitors Center and the Truman Presidential Museum and Library.  The Spirit of Independence Band will begin their performance at 8:30 p.m. and play throughout the evening and the fireworks display will start around 9:30 p.m.  We’re encouraging our Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast guests to get there early to get good seats on the lawn at the Mormon Visitors Center.

If you’re planning on celebrating Independence Day in Independence, Missouri, please visit our more pages of our website to see our own piece of history, elegant and gracious Hawthorn, A Bed and Breakfast.


Jim and Wendy Allen
Innkeepers at Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast, our
Bed and Breakfast in Independence MO

Monday, June 6, 2011

Summers at Hawthorn

Hawthorn, A Bed and Breakfast, has seen 111 summers.  In the 1900’s, John Gallagher, the original owner of Hawthorn, and his family spent their summers in what was then “the country.”  As soon as school was dismissed in Kansas City in June, John and his family traveled the twelve miles to Hawthorn, their beautiful country home in Independence, Missouri.

Times haven’t really changed that much.  It’s June!  Summer is here and our bed and breakfast guests have lots of opportunities for summer activities!  Whether it’s an evening baseball game at the Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium, a major musical production at Starlight Theater, or the latest exhibit at Union Station, they look forward to summer events.  Hawthorn, A Bed and Breakfast, is so conveniently located that an outing to any of Kansas City’s premier venues is only minutes away!

For Civil War enthusiasts, The Truman Library and Museum is now hosting the exhibit “Steamboats to Steam Engines: George Caleb Bingham’s Missouri, 1819-1879” and his famous painting “Order No. 11” in acknowledgment of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.  The Library and Bingham-Waggoner Estate are located a short distance from Hawthorn and are popular Independence visitor destinations.

Lake Jacomo, the area’s 970-acre lake is just a half-an-hour east of Hawthorn in Fleming Park.  It’s one of the County’s most popular recreational areas.  Visitors can enjoy colorful sailboat regattas, while pontoon boaters take leisurely cruises across the lake!  Fishing, swimming or windsurfing… whatever your pleasure, Lake Jacomo affords a relaxing outing for water fans.

Spend a summer weekend at Hawthorn, A Bed and Breakfast, in Independence, Missouri.  It’s a great way to celebrate the season!

Jim and Wendy Allen
Innkeepers at Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast, our
Bed and Breakfast in Independence MO