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A Must for “Rut Nuts”

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Quaint Independence Square

Weather permitting, this is a nice place to visit. Visitors can see the court house where Harry S... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Edgartown, Massachusetts
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All reviews soda fountain antique shops stores and restaurants german food square pizza historic courthouse bowling alley movie theater starting points walk around old fashion nice place to visit harry truman downtown area lots of history truman home step back in time
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Walking around historic Independence Square is a nostalgic experience. This year many shops have featured the "living windows"- a re-creation of familiar holiday scenes by individuals in the shops display windows-very fun! There are several places you chase away winter's chill with a warm drink...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Johnette H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are interested in the Trails West (Santa Fe, Oregon, California, Mormon) then a visit to Independence Square is a necessity. At one time it was the primary “jumping off” spot for all four trails. Independence Square is marked with monuments & plaques which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

Weather permitting, this is a nice place to visit. Visitors can see the court house where Harry S Truman served as a local judge. The square is lined with stores and restaurants. We also visited Clinton's Soda Counter where young Harry worked. They still serve...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 1101Traveler
Reviewed 26 September 2018

From what I understand, this area has been going through a major revitalization project. We enjoyed walking around the square to see what was there -- lots places to eat and fun shops too, plus interesting historic signs, etc. The courthouse is the centerpiece!

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

The Truman Visitors Center is on Main Street off the Square. Plenty of free parking. Although there is little pedestrian traffic and about half the storefronts are vacated, we chose to walk around. Sad that this area is on the decline. It must have been...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

We have been here many times and are always pleased with the walk and views. The court house renovation was complete so we were able to take the tour inside; WOW!

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank s71dart
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Independence is full of history, from the western trails to the Civil War to Harry Truman. Plenty of historic sites and informative signs downtown, as well as shops, a soda fountain, a movie theater, and wagon tours.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank AndyKansasCity
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Quaint town square, with lots to see! Everyone must try some Polly Pops soda or shake from Clinton's!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Dawn M
Reviewed 22 July 2018

Plenty of historic shops surrounding the building; the building is based on the Liberty Square building.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Big_bro_1_usa
Reviewed 22 July 2018

The courthouse is very impressive as are the statues. It's an interesting area and I'm sure we'll explore it further.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from Christine G | Reviewed this property |
It really is a square- businesses all around the perimeter. RV parking might present a challenge, depending on what day you are there.