Civil War Battlefield

Lexington was the site of the largest battle in the western campaign 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.


Detailed History of Lexington's Civil War Battles

Activities to explore the Battle of Lexington

Upcoming Events at the Battlefield

Battle of the Hemp Bales Reenactment

Old Trails Region Battle Tours

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site - Hours & Information


Historic Site Grounds:

Sunrise to sunset, daily, year-round.



April through July

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday • 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday

Closed Mondays

August through October

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday • 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday

Closed Monday and Tuesday

November-March (Off-Season)

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



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.

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