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1300 John Shea Drive 660-259-4654 ● mostateparks.com/park/battle-lexington-state-historic-site
The battlefield is quiet now, and restored gardens and orchards dot the landscape. Remnants of the trenches can still be seen, and the graves of unknown Union dead echo a time less peaceful. In addition to tours of the Anderson House (see below), you may explore the 100 acres of the battlefield preserved at the historic site. The Visitor Center has an exhibit hall with artifacts from the Civil War and a theater with an excellent 15-minute film that explains the events of Sept. 18-20, 1861, and why the “Battle of the Hemp Bales” lifted Southern spirits and further dampened Northern hopes of an easy victory in the struggle for Missouri.

ANDERSON HOUSE at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site
It was once called “the largest and best arranged dwelling house west of St. Louis.” Today, Oliver Anderson’s mansion is best known for the three bloody days in 1861 when it was a fiercely contested prize in a Civil War battle between the Federal forces and the Missouri State Guard. Today it is restored and furnished in mid-19th century fashion, but still displays damage from the shot and shell that hammered it during the Battle of Lexington. The house changed hands three times and soldiers met their death in the downstairs hallway.

NOTE:  New Hours as of 9/21/09

Summer Hours of Visitor Center
March 1 – October 31
Closed Mondays except Holidays
9 am - 5 pm
Sunday  10 am - 6 pm
Holiday Mondays 9 am - 5 pm
Summer Tours of Anderson House (Tours given on the hour during hours noted)
March 1 - March 31
Tours:  Wednesday-Saturday  10 am - 4 pm
           Sunday  Noon - 5 pm
April 1 - July 31
Tours:  Tuesday- Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
           Sunday  Noon - 5 pm
August 1 - October 31
Tours:   Wednesday - Saturday  10 am - 4 pm
            Sunday   Noon - 5 pm
Winter Hours of Visitors Center
November 1 - February 28
Wednesday - Saturday 
9 am - 5 pm
Sunday  10 am - 5 pm
Winter Tours of Anderson House
November 1 - February 28
Tours not available November through February except by appointment. Appointments must be made 24 hours in advance.
Visitor Center and Battlefield Site – Free
Anderson House Guided Tours (Rates effective Jan 1, 2015)
  Adults (17 and older) $5.00
  Children (6-17) $3.00
   5 and under-- Free
Group tours can be arranged by contacting the site. Please notify us at least one week in advance. Group rates: $4.00 per adult, $3.00 per student. Phone:  660-259-4654.  E-Mail  battle.of.lexington.state.historic.site@dnr.mo.gov. Mailing Address:
Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, PO Box 6, Lexington, MO 64067
Exempt Group Fees:
Adults $3.50  Youth $2.25 (Must provide a tax exempt sheet)