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Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

Address: 1101 Deleware, Lexington, MO 64067
Phone Number: 660-259-4654
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Lexington
Type: Battlefields, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: People called Oliver Anderson’s house “the best arranged dwelling house west of St. Louis.” But it...
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Type: Battlefields, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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 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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Missouri
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79 reviews 79 reviews
57 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Battle of Lexington was one of the most unusual of the Civil War in that Confederate troops used large bales of hemp as shields to move closer to the entrenched Federals and forced them to surrender. The Oliver Anderson House was fought over bitterly and changed hands 3 times in the course of the battle. There are still many... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Like most historic sites that I visit, I researched the history of the town and the Battle of Lexington before going. It allows me to take in so much more of any comments made by a tour guide. The park and visitor's center is closed many Mondays and Tuesdays, but just check their website for hours. Also, on the website,... More 

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Lexington, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you are a history buff, you will truly enjoy this Historic site. The Anderson house is very inexpensive and some of the tour guides make this a very entertaining visit.

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Lexington, MO
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Battle of Lexington State Historical Site has so much to offer for young and old. The visitor center has a theater with a video about the site that should not be missed. The center's displays and hands on experiences are relevant and educational. The Anderson House tour explores the main floor, the second floor, as well as the basement.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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96 reviews 96 reviews
56 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was much better than we thought it would be. We took the tour of the home (paid), with the museum and the movie it put the Civil War back up front. It is very well done and the home was pretty much as it was in the Civil War, complete with holes from the shooting and the cannons. They... More 

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Naples, F
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24 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The Battle of Lexington, MO or "Battle of the Hemp Bales" may be unique in Civil War history. The Hemp or Marijuana bales were moved forward to protect advancing Southern troops. But there was a risk that the Marijuana bales would catch on fire, thus the bales were soaked with water to prevent them from burning. Some did catch on... More 

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Kansas City
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Disclosure--I grew up in Lexington. Having said that, I had not been to this site since I was a young sprout and I recently went back out of nostalgia. There is a new (not sure how new) visitor's center there, and it was absolutely fantastic! One of the best displays I have ever seen at a Civil War battlefield, and... More 

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Mushroom Capital
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

The Battle of Lexington State Site has been redone over the years into a very respectable historical site. The visitors center has a number of artifacts from the era, as well as a short video on the Anderson Home and battlefield. And don't forget to check out the cannon ball that is still located in the columns of the court... More 

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Kidder, MO
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

You can see the bullet holes in the bricks from the Civil War! Lexington is a small town on the Missouri River. Historical homes sit on both sides of the main road that lead into the Historic square. You can walk from shop to shop and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of locals. There are 5 different historical sites in Lexington.... More 

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Lexington, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

So much to see, excellent displays in the Visitors Center. Do not miss the films! Tour the house for authentic step back into the past. Civil War battle site.

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