History: Warrensburg’s historical areas include an 1840’s ‘old’ courthouse/museum where the Old Drum trial was held. This museum is operated by the Johnson County Historical Society. Other sites include the ‘new’ courthouse which celebrated its centennial 1996-1998, a National Register 1920s gas station, and of course, Cedarcroft Farm.
“Where it all started” – “Man’s Best Friend” – A dog, Old Drum.
- Old Drum statue – downtown, Johnson County Courthouse lawn.
- 1842-78 Old Courthouse, N. Main St. – Old Drum 1870 court scene where an emotional speech in praise of a dog’s loyalty to his master created the universal tribute for “Man’s Best Friend” (check out the whole story).
- Next, visit the site of the Old Drum Trial: – From the downtown Old Drum dog monument travel west on W. Gay St. to N. Main St. Turn south (left) on N. Main St., and travel to the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library, Johnson County Historical Society, 302 N. Main for tour of 1842 Courthouse where Old Drum trial and speech took place and visit the rebuilt and period restored 1913 Elm school house.
Tours are $3 per person, please pre-arrange by calling (660)747-6480 or by visiting Monday – Saturday 1 – 4 PM.
If you like to explore, take a complete tour of Old Drum sites.
- Take a tour of National Register sites in Warrensburg and Johnson County
Warrensburg Dining: We take pride in referring our guests to locally-owned & operated businesses. While the area has many chain restaurants, we prefer to list the non-chain restaurants that we tell our guest at Cedarcroft about.
Warrensburg Antiques & Shopping: Visit some of our local antique stores & flea markets; we also list other shopping opportunities in town.