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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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The history of this Battle will have your emotions churning. Touring a home that has actual gunshot fire in the walls really brings the battle to life. With that being said, I was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The history of this Battle will have your emotions churning. Touring a home that has actual gunshot fire in the walls really brings the battle to life. With that being said, I was dissapointed that some of the rooms were thrown together. Still, I had an eerie feeling we were not alone in the house. Just the history of it... More 

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Kansas City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We took a day trip to check this out. Maybe it helps if you're really into Civil War stuff. The map we got at the visitor's center was surprisingly hard to follow. The small park just wasn't interesting enough to make us want to go into the museum (though usually I like that kind of thing). We checked out the... More 

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Liberty, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

We aren't civil war buffs at all, but decided to spend the day in Lexington and it seemed like we had to stop at its biggest claim to fame. We were pleasantly surprised. This is a well-done museum. The movie is informative and held our interest. The museum does a good job of telling the story of the battle fought... More 

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

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Kansas City, 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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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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Address: 1101 Deleware, Lexington, MO 64067
Phone Number: 660-259-4654
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Lexington

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