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Battle of Athens State Historic Site

Route. 1, Revere, MO 63465
+1 660-877-3871
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Wonderful place, wonderfully perserved History

For those of us who reside north of the Mason Dixon Line, Athens is truly a gem, as we seldom have... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2017
solon2017
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
SPECTACULAR!

If this was located anywhere else it would be a major tourist destination. An entire town... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2017
scotthk
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Battle of Athens Historic Site is a place of peace and serenity. Its historic buildings, tree-studded landscape, and mile of Des Moines River frontage make the site a perfect place to hike, picnic or camp. But today’s peace belies the site’s history as the place where the most northern battle fought west of the Mississippi occurred, when about 500 Union soldiers repelled nearly four times their number of pro-Southern State Guardsmen. The site includes interpretation and tours of the battlefield as well as a number of historic buildings, including one that was pierced by a cannonball during the battle.
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Route. 1, Revere, MO 63465
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Reviewed 26 April 2017

For those of us who reside north of the Mason Dixon Line, Athens is truly a gem, as we seldom have the opportunity to touch Civil War history. As a battlefield, a ghost town, and a lovely, well maintained park, Athens rounds out as a...More

Thank solon2017
Reviewed 7 January 2017

If this was located anywhere else it would be a major tourist destination. An entire town, preserved in place since the late 1800s, in a position of importance in the Midwest river system, with mill, that was the site of the most Northerly battle west...More

Thank scotthk
Reviewed 13 March 2016

A hidden gem for history buff's be it Civil War or history of towns that once dotted our Country. I'd not heard of this battle but it was a turning point in the War and the towns people apart, fighting each other, hard to fathom...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2015

Good local history about the farthest north Civil War battle fought in Missouri. It's a nice park, but not a lot to see except for the Cannonball House

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 22 April 2015

Well maintained and well kept historic site that gives a great sense of just how divisive the civil war was in this area. Not easy to get to, but well worth the effort. Don't miss this spot!

Thank TLC62379
Reviewed 10 April 2015

The park holds a Battle re-enactment that is always fun and entertaining. There is a shelter house, nature hikes, and historical markers for all to enjoy.

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 12 March 2013

Great place for a family reunion. Lots of room at the shelter, modern bathroom facilities, plus you have the battle site and cannon ball house museum. This is our second family reunion held there. we will definitly use it again for next one. Don't forget...More

Thank Jim G
Reviewed 16 January 2013

As far as battlefields go this isn't the largest but it is a part of American history that was another important part of the Civil War. The hole in the home left by the cannonball helps make history come alive as you can experience the...More

Thank Timmer304
Reviewed 15 January 2013

The person at the museum was wonderful and knowledgable. The site is well kept and clean. The buildings are in good repair and signage is great. While it is not a major civil war site it is nice and part of Missouri's heritage,

Thank Franz K
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