Farm & Family History
1824 - June 1, Land grant to William Allen of Howard County Missouri for 80 acres.
1831 - August 9, William & Rachel Allen sell to John Hightower 130 acres for $400.
1834 - December 19, John & Polly Hightower sell to Jonathan Q. Atkins for $620.
1853 - Jonathan Atkins constructs a substantial addition that more than doubles the size of the house.
1904 - February 13, Mary Atkins, Jonathan & Fannie Atkins and John & Estelle Stone sell to Rudolph Schroeder for $7,605.
1920 - August 24, Rudolph & Annie Schroeder sell to Mary Johnson for $21,175.
1976 - House designated a Clay County Historical Landmark.
2005 - Working with Lena Johnson, the City of Gladstone acquires the house and a portion of the property to preserve its unique history.
2007 - November 4, House listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and becomes federally protected.
2009 - June, City of Gladstone acquires abandoned Big Shoal Cemetery through the Missouri Attorney General.
2013 - April 27, Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum opens to the public.