James County Mercantile
P.O. Box 364 Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816-781-9473 Fax:
 

 

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
If you are planning to visit us on a Friday or Saturday, please call ahead.  
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James Country Mercantile was founded by Del and Jean Warren in 1985. The original emphasis was the Fur Trade era, with Del taking a baker tent to rendezvous all over the Midwest, not only to sell his plunder, but to exercise his considerable gun smithing skills. A small mail order division was established to serve customers unable to attend field events.

Starting in 1989, Del and Jean began their journey into the Civil War era. Growth was rapid and soon reached the point where a bigger sutlery tent was needed and help became necessary for the mail order side.

In March of 1996, a retail store was opened at 111 N. Main St. in Liberty, just one block west of the scene of the nation's first daylight civilian bank robbery. The staff was expanded with the addition of Michael Gooch, local reenactor and noted expert on the Border Wars. A second sutlery tent was added to expand service in the field. An international search yielded new and better products, and a network of seamstresses was created to manufacture uniforms and clothing.

Incorporation and a name change followed, and now James Country Mercantile is one of the largest sutleries in existence, offering a full line of historically accurate goods, custom sewing, research, consultation and associated services.

So, just what can you expect from James Country Mercantile? We outfit the 1800s Living Historian from head to foot, outside and underneath! Lady (even shady!) or Gentleman, Civilian or Soldier, Union or Confederate, Lawman or Outlaw, we have your needs. We'll help you establish camp, cook your grub, get your gun and keep it shooting, and generally spruce up your impression.

Our historically oriented seamstresses not only keep a full line of mid-19th century clothing and uniforms ready-made, but we can custom make to your specifications and size.

If you're handy with needle and thread, we carry hundreds of patterns of historic clothing, plus the research books needed to help you do it correctly.

Are you doing research? We have books on every aspect of mid-19th century life, both military and civilian. If you want to know the history or study what "they" did, we can help. Our cassette tapes and CD's let you listen to "their" music while you read.

If you need help fine tuning your impression, we've served as historical consultant to numerous artists, authors, Historic Sites and individual reenactors -- if we don't know the answer we know where to find it!

We can arm the settler, solider or gunny with historically accurate firearms and a full line of cleaning accessories is always on hand. Del is an expert gunsmith and does some custom work.

The small things which can make or break an historical impression are not forgotten at James Country. From tinware to toothbrushes, buttons to brooms, we have whatever you need to create the impression you desire. Our goods are the most historically accurate and highest quality available.

Whether you are a serious and experienced Living Historian, a raw newcomer, or somewhere in-between, James Country Mercantile is your supply and information source.