should come as no surprise that the
James Farm in Kearney,
is said to be haunted. Given the violent
temperament of some of its inhabitants, the untimely death of
James, the violence that occurred on the property, and the tragic
Jesse's younger half-brother Archie, it would be more astonishing
to hear that the property had no tales of ghostly activity.
Frank James were raised in this house by their mother
Zerelda, who was married to three different husbands and bore eight
children. It was here that
James was whipped as a teenager by Union militia who strung up his
stepfather and burned nearby farms.
It was also here that Zerelda
watched as her son Archie was murdered by
detectives in an attack where she lost her right hand. After
Jesse was killed, he was
buried here, where she could protect the grave from trespassers or
souvenir hunters. Later, his body was re-interred at the Mount Olivet
Cemetery in Kearney.
Family Farm has said to have been haunted for more than a century. Evidently home to a number of lingering spirits, lights are said to
move about both inside and outside of the property buildings. Others report hearing the sounds of pounding hooves, muffled shots and
cries that are reminiscent of the area history, dating back to events
of the Civil War.
Today, wide arrays of mysterious happenings
occur in the house. Reports are frequent that lights are seen
inside the building long after it has been locked up for the evening
and movements are often seen which are never registered on a security
monitoring system. Staff reports that feelings of a presence
within the home are extremely intense. Others report that on
foggy mornings, hushed voices and the sounds of restless horses can be
heard from the nearby woods. However, when they follow up, there
are no signs of a disturbance or tracks within the trees.
Jesse James Farm and Museum is
located at 21216 James Farm Road, Kearney, Missouri.
James Farm and Museum
21216 James Farm Road