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Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

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Address: 1101 Deleware, Lexington, MO 64067
Phone Number: 660-259-4654
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Description: People called Oliver Anderson’s house “the best arranged dwelling house...
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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A well done little battlefield park

The battle of Lexington in 1861 was an important event in Missouri's Civil War history. The park preserves only a small portion of the battlefield but that portion includes much... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Walden, Tenn
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Walden, Tenn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The battle of Lexington in 1861 was an important event in Missouri's Civil War history. The park preserves only a small portion of the battlefield but that portion includes much of the Union fortifications and the battle-scarred Anderson House. The visitor center includes a decent orientation film and a very good museum that presents the context and consequences of the... More 

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Odessa, Missouri
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

For people who like Civil War history then this site is pretty nice. The best time to visit is of course when they are having a live re-enactment! The Anderson (that was used a hospital during the Battle of the Hemp bales) has a very interesting history. You can visit the court house a few blocks away and see where... More 

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Liberty, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I've been here on many occasions for many different events and I am a former member of Friends of the Anderson House. I love visiting here and seeing a place so well preserved at a moment in time. The occasional special events here are so much fun to take part in and are highly recommended for people to attend. The... More 

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Lexington, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The Battle of Lexington State Historic Site includes not just the old Anderson House – built well before the Civil War and once a hemp producing plantation – but it was also a hospital during that historic battle: The Battle of the Hemp Bales. The museum, also located on the grounds, offers an intricate history of the Civil War and Lexington's... More 

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Missouri
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42 helpful votes 42 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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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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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
49 helpful votes 49 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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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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