Bingham-Waggoner Estate – Independence Missouri

Bingham-Waggoner Estate.gifThe Bingham-Waggoner Estate – Independence Missouri

The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is found at 313 West Pacific in Independence, Missouri. This estate is named for some of its most famous residents. George C. Bingham was a famous Civil War artist. Mr. Bingham and his family moved to the estate shortly before the Civil War broke out, and Bingham maintained a studio in one of the log and clapboard buildings near his home. It was at this studio that he painted Order Number 11, which was based on a famous military order that was put into effect in Missouri. He was also a politician, and ran for Congress from the Sixth Missouri District but was defeated. He later moved to Kansas City where he served as Police Commissioner and Adjutant General.

The Waggoners were a family that also owned the estate and were a family of millers that came from Pennsylvania. In 1867, the family purchased the old city mill and moved to Independence. The family quickly gained a reputation for the best cake and baking flours. The ‘Queen of the Pantry" brand flour from the Waggoner’s mill became well known throughout the Midwest as one of the premier flour choices. Their home that was located across the street from the mill underwent renovations in the 1890s. The estate stayed in the Waggoner family until 1976, when Harry K. Waggoner died, and the city of Independence purchased the house and grounds to use as a museum and park.

The group that runs the Bingham-Waggoner Estate has three goals for the public. Their first goal is to educate the public by giving tours of the site, providing art programs, research materials and supplying the local schools with educational materials. They also have a social goal, which is to host events like the annual pig roast, the Truman Birthday Celebration, the Lewis and Clark Trail Breakfast, and the Arts and Crafts Show. Their third goal is for the community. They wish to provide the community with a facility for private, government and civic groups to use for special recognition programs.

The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is open from April to October. Their Christmas season is November 24 through December 30, and they are closed on December 23, 24, and 25. The hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, and the Sunday hours are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The admission prices are $5 for adults, senior citizens are $4.50, and children and students are $2. There is a group rate of $4.50.

The estate also has a gift shop in the carriage house that has gifts, mementos and other items to purchase. The carriage house is also home to an old-fashioned soda fountain, a period covered wagon and reproductions of George C. Bingham’s work. The carriage house can also be used for meetings or luncheons.


  1. Shireen McLaughlin

    Site Coordinator

    Bingham-Waggoner Estate


    For Immediate Release – August 8, 2008

    WHAT: 27th Annual Pig Pickin’ – Chicken Lickin’ Feast

    WHEN: September 20, 2008 4 pm to 7 pm

    WHERE: 313 W Pacific Avenue, Independence, MO – Bingham-Waggoner Estate,

    PRICE: Adults $12.00 Children 8 and under $5.00

    CONTACT PERSON: Shireen McLaughlin PHONE: 816-461-3491

    Plan to attend. There will be live entertainment and a great time for all ages!
    This year marks the 27th year that the Bingham-Waggoner Historical Society has hosted the annual fall “Pig Pickin’ – Chicken Lickin’ Feast” which is a major fundraiser for the continued restoration and maintenance of the Estate.

    The menu will include roast smoked pork, fried chicken, red cabbage, hot German potato salad, fruit, rolls, dessert and beverages. Door prizes will include a Bingham-Waggoner house rental for twenty individuals and a Carriage House Party for up to forty.

    You will have the opportunity to bid at the Silent Auction and to shop in the Carriage House Gift Shop for unique gift items or something for yourself.

    The whole month of September, the Mansion will feature a quilt display by the Nimble Thimble Quilting Guild and will be open for tours during the “Pig Roast” at the regular modest fee. As always, tour admission is free to members of the Bingham-Waggoner Historical Society.

    Tickets may be purchased in the Carriage House during regular hours (Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and on Sundays from 1 pm until 4 pm). You may order tickets by sending a check and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Bingham-Waggoner Estate, PO Box 1163, Independence, MO 64051. You may also call 816-461-3491 to charge your tickets by phone. Tickets for the “Pig Roast” have been sold our in years previous. Please reserve your tickets early so we may include you in our festivities.

  2. Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre – 2009

    A murder has been committed and you are invited to help solve the crime. On Saturday, February 21, 2009, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Bingham-Waggoner Historical Society will present an evening of fun and laughter as we turn back the clock to the Roaring Twenties and transform the Mansion into a Prohibition-Era Speakeasy. This special fund-raising event is limited to 130 guests. Tickets are $45 per person, all inclusive. There will be hor’dourves, dinner, drinks, dessert, and, of course, you get to play detective! What a great way to spend an evening with your sweetheart or best friend. Don’t forget to dress the part! We will also be holding a silent auction with some fabulous items up for bid. Did we mention door prizes? We’ll have plenty to give away. This is a reservation only event. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Shireen McLaughlin at 816-461-3491. Don’t delay – call now!