'Must See' in Lexington

8 Things to do while you're here.

(Plus bonus destinations to make your visit complete).


Spend the day at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site and experience firsthand where the largest battle in the western campaign of the American Civil War took place. Tour the historic Anderson House utilized as a hospital and seized by both sides in the battle known as the Battle of the Hemp Bales. Trenches in the battlefield are still visible today. Historian-led tours and a pristinely preserved museum of artifacts and stories make this a must-see national heritage destination.

A cannonball fired from the Battle of Lexington remains lodged within an upper pillar of the Lafayette County Courthouse. You’ll have to see it to believe it!


While you imagine the events that led to the misguided cannonball on that fateful day in September of 1861, take a stroll through our quaint downtown shops and don’t forget to pick up a treat - or two!


Take a tour of four National Historic Districts listening to our theatrical audio tours that bring the characters of the past to life. You’ll be in awe of the stunning architecture of our many antebellum and Victorian homes that paint the cheery streets of Lexington.


Behold the sight of Linwood Lawn, hands-down the finest antebellum mansion west of the Mississippi. Whether you cozy in for the night or catch a historical tour, you’ll be feeling as grand as the home itself.



Tour our trail of museums and monuments, including one of only 12 national Madonna of the Trails, the Saluda Steamboat Memorial, the Lexington Historical Museum as well as the new Wentworth Military Academy Museum (coming Fall, 2018).


Want to know the whole story? We’ll share it with you, preserving the past is our passion.


Follow the wine trail for an adventure amidst the beautiful rolling hills of our countryside, and taste the lusciousness of the land itself captured at our local wineries.


Catch the spirit of harvest at our family farms and festivals and celebrate the growing season with us. Roadside stands abound or get the whole family in on the action by picking your own fruits, from strawberries and raspberries to blackberries and more!


Don’t miss the elaborately decorated sword that James A. Mulligan turned over in surrender, but was later allowed to keep per orders of General Sterling Price. Stolen by a young boy shortly after Mulligan's surrender and hidden in his father's farm near Lexington, it was eventually returned to the widow of Colonial Mulligan in 1912. The family later donated the sword to the Lexington Historical Museum in 1967. Located at the Lexington Historical Museum, you'll see memorabilia related to the Pony Express mail service, steamboats, coal mining, Osage Indians, and the Wentworth Military Academy

Lexington Historical Museum - Hours & Information

112 S. 13th St.• Lexington, MO 64067 • Phone: 660-259-2900


June-September: Sun.-Fri., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

May and October: Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: $3; ages 6-18, $1.50; 6 and under, free. Group rates available. For more details, call the phone number listed above or call 660-259-6313.

Other Destinations & Landmarks to Round Out your Day.

Madonna of the Trail

Broadway at Highland Ave

This monument to pioneer women was presented to Lexington in 1928.

Jackson County Judge Harry S. Truman presided at the dedication.

The Madonna is one of 12 placed in every state crossed by the National Old Trails Road, the route of early settlers from  Maryland to California.

Lafayette County War Memorial

Constructed in 1925, this memorial to the veterans of four wars has stairs

leading from the Old Trails Scenic Byway to the top of the bluff on Highland Ave., where there are benches and a fine view of the Missouri River valley.

Lafayette County Veterans Memorial

Located on the west lawn of the Lafayette County Courthouse. Dedicated

November 11, 2006, this memorial honors all branches of the armed service

and all veterans of Lafayette County.

College Park

16th & State Streets

This city park near the battlefield site contains a cannon from the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) and a shelter that is a replica of the Masonic College building that served as Union headquarters during the Battle of Lexington. A marker indicates where Union Col. Mulligan hid $1 million in confiscated funds under his tent during the battle.

Riverfront Park

N. 10th Street

Although the course of the Missouri River has shifted northward, views from this city park show where Lewis & Clark and countless steamboats passed in the 19th Century. A picnic shelter, boat launch and marker explaining the site’s historical significance makes this a lovely location to relax and enjoy the river view.

Crystal Lake Park

S 24th St

Area park with shade trees, park benches, walking trail and picnic tables.

A wonderful place to relax and take in some fresh air, walk the circumference of the small lake or enjoy your lunch.

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Lexington Tourism Bureau

1110 Main St. • Lexington, MO  64067


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