OUR AMAZING PAST.
THE CIVIL WAR, AND MORE
Lexington was the site of the largest battle in the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the American Civil War. The battlefield on the bluffs of the Missouri River is now a state park where the trenches in the battlefield are still visible today. Experience the historic Anderson House that was utilized as a hospital and seized by both sides in the battle known as the Battle of the Hemp Bales. Historian-led tours and a pristinely preserved museum of artifacts and stories make this a must-see national heritage destination.
Please note: Due to Covid-19, please check with individual venues for possible revised hours and/or other restrictions.
Explore Our Rich History
Discover the past and make your own memories along the way.
ANDERSON HOUSE & THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON STATE HISTORIC SITE
Visit the site of the 1861 "Battle of the Hemp Bales" and the Anderson House,. a residence caught in the crossfire. Make the visitor's center a part of your day.
Historic Site Grounds:
8am to sunset, daily, year-round.
ANDERSON HOUSE TOURS
Please call (660) 259-4654 for limited tour schedule
April through July
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday • 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday
August through October
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday • 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Tours of the Anderson House are available by appointment only. Appointments must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
Group Tours (10+) require a reservation 1 week in advance
Adult (18+): $5.00 • Youth(6-17): $3.00 • Children(5<) Free
VISITOR CENTER HOURS
April through October
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday and holiday Mondays
10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday
Closed Mondays. Site will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
November through March
10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Site will be closed on Easter.
Lexington's CANNIBIS CONNECTION
Hemp played a vital role in Lexington’s commerce and history. Used for rope and textiles, riverboats loaded and moved our hemp crops throughout the country.
But there’s even more to the story of our cannabis connection. In 1861, using hemp bales to deflect bullets, Confederates (actually Missouri State Guard troops) rolled them up the bluff of the Missouri River to defeat Union positions. It forced them to surrender.
Tour the battlefield and learn more about this fascinating story at The Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.