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Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

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Address: 1101 Delaware St, Lexington, MO 64067-1383
Phone Number: 660-259-4654
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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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One of several important battle sites in Missouri.

The Civil War battles were not just in the east, but the ones in Missouri were just as important, as the Union had to secure this state that leaned toward the Confederacy . If... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2016
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Minden, Nevada

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I remember going to Anderson House on field trips as a kid but I never had the kind of experience we had in July. It was mostly because of our tour guide. I think it was Jenny. She made it so interesting. This house and museum is a must see for everyone studying the Civil War. Very affordable and the... More 

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Minden, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

The Civil War battles were not just in the east, but the ones in Missouri were just as important, as the Union had to secure this state that leaned toward the Confederacy . If they did so, they would be better positioned to invade the deep south. This battle along with the one in Springfield were won by the Confederacy,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We went to the historical museum/site "the Battle of Lexington", what a great history lesson and Missouri's ties to the past. We were enthralled by the "hemp bales" and their use in the battle. We walked outside and around the back to see Anderson House. We didn't have time for a tour of the inside but enjoyed looking at the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

The battlefield and human loss was quite small in comparison to Gettysburg, but the story of the battle will capture your attention. I learned that slavery was very prevalent and accepted in this area and many local strongly supported the Confederacy. The history of the mansion house that served as a hospital and the evidence it shows today from battle... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

The plantation was beautiful full over history. If you go make sure you take a tour the gudies are very nice and know a lot of stuff. The house inside is also beautiful. I went in July and make sure you wear bug spray, there is a lot of mosquitos. Also make sure you stop at the court house all... More 

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Lexington, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a great place to stop and take in a little history of the Battle of Lexington. The setting is during the Civil War and the Confederate's vs the Rebel's. Make sure you take the tour to learn about the battle and see where and how they lived back in the civil war times. It is a beautiful setting... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

My husband is the serious military history buff. I am very casual, and not very serious. Give me the gist of the battle, then let me go explore! Let me go stand on the field of battle, read the plaques, review the map and imagine out the various theaters of the battle out for myself. The house and garden are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

Certainly if you are into civil war history it will be very interesting for you but it is a little on the smaller side. There is a Visitor's Center and trails and grounds to walk around. Also a couple little stores. But overall it's probably not more than a half an hour's worth of touring. There is also a museum... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We discovered that while this battle took place more than 100 years ago, the residents retain emotional attachments today! This site shares the history, as well as introduces you to the after affects of war on property and human life. The property could use more upkeep & preservation, which takes $$ If you are visiting Lexington, this is a must... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Although Lexington has a lot of history and was once a thriving community, it seems to be on the decline. Don't get me wrong, I like the town. One thing that really makes it worth visiting is the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. I especially like the museum. Although it isn't very big, there are a lot of informative... More 

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