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Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

1101 Delaware St, Lexington, MO 64067-1383
+1 660-259-4654
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worth the stop

The Lexington SHS is worth the visit if you're in the area. The site offers a 20 minute movie that... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Columbia, Missouri
Worth the Visit

We stopped in to the State Park Battlefield along the way to KC. They have done a good job of... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
St. Louis
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People called Oliver Anderson’s house “the best arranged dwelling house west of St. Louis.” But it became more famous as the center of a bloody three-day Civil War battle in 1861. Walk through the Anderson House at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site and marvel at the bullet holes still in the walls and evidence of the cannon shots. The battlefield is peaceful now, dotted with orchards and gardens, but battle scars remain. A visitor center provides a comprehensive view of the battle that raised Southern spirits that the war was winnable and made Unionists in Missouri think twice about whether they could hold the state. The site is located in the town of Lexington and is one of the closest Civil War sites to Interstate 70.
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1101 Delaware St, Lexington, MO 64067-1383
+1 660-259-4654

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Lexington SHS is worth the visit if you're in the area. The site offers a 20 minute movie that tells the story of the 1861 Battle of Lexington as well as a small museum/interpretative center, both of which are free. I didn't have time...More

Thank LMOverby
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped in to the State Park Battlefield along the way to KC. They have done a good job of preserving the battlefield. The museum discusses more than the battle. The times, the lives of the people in the area are presented accurately in displays...More

Thank HiggySt_Louis
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

If you are a Civil War buff, you will enjoy this visit to the area where the civil war began here in the Kansas/Missouri area back in 1861. The tour price is $3 for kids and $5 for adults and includes a video presentation in...More

Thank akheaps76
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

First stop on a backroads driving trip. Nice site in the middle of nowhere. Didn’t realize the significance of this location to Civil War until we stopped. Very good movie to introduce this site and events. Then an opportunity for guided tour through original home...More

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Although I have been to other civil war battlefields, the unique character of this battle intrigues me. Watch the short video and tour the museum for sure! If you have time and spare cash, definitely take the tour of the house! Not a huge site,...More

Thank adamwaultee
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Great place to visit! Historic Lexington, Missouri including the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site and the Courthouse with the cannon ball in it are wonderful experience. In September, which is historic time for Battle of the Hemp Bales, you may want to also check...More

Thank Joan Z
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I've been to quite a few MO historic sites. This is one of my favorites. Watch the video then tour the home & see the bullet holes in nearly every room of house from Civil War battle. Walk up the hill from home & walk...More

Thank kaw07
Reviewed 7 July 2017

First of all, this site is just beautiful. The museum is very well done, the house itself (and the grounds) are lovely, and the old downtown of Lexington is just gorgeous, with all the antebellum homes. Make sure, after going through the museum, to take...More

Thank HCampbellKC
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Small visitor center chocked full of artifacts and short film giving the perspective of the town and role it played in the Civil War. I learned new information about the Missouri/Kansas border conflicts which were not something I had learned since I lived in Ohio...More

1  Thank kcbuckeye
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Educational adventure, fun for my 10 year old and my father, Wonderful staff, Video, house tour, and museum tour was perfect for our afternoon.

Thank whitney w
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