Self-Guided Historical Walking & Driving Tours

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. Or follow Lexington's sites along the Santa Fe Trail and immerse yourself in the past.

Historic Districts Tours


Battlefield/Wentworth Historic District Tour

Map  |  Audio Tour

Note: Wentworth Section of Tour starts at 25:24 from parking lot at SW corner of 18th St. & Washington Ave.

Battlefield/Wentworth Historic District

This area highlights Lexington’s military heritage, from the 1861 Battle of Lexington to Wentworth Military Academy, the oldest west of the Mississippi. Approximately 1.3 miles.


Downtown Historic District Tour

Map  |  Audio Tour

Downtown Historic District

From the steamboat era, to the Civil War, to the days when coal miners filled the saloons and other establishments of Block 42. Approximately 1 mile.


Highland Avenue Historic District Tour

Map  |  Audio Tour

Highland Avenue Historic District

Once part of the Santa Fe Trail, merchants and business leaders built large homes that over look the Missouri River. Approximately 1 mile.

Download Old Neighborhoods Historic District/Machpelah Cemetery Tour

Map  | Audio Tour

Note: Machpelah Cemetery Section of Tour starts at 37:30 just inside the North Gate of the Cemetery on S. 20th St., across from Jefferson Ave.

Old Neighborhoods Historic District

Homes dating from the 1830s to the early 1900s in styles from Greek Revival to Queen Anne line the streets. Machpelah Cemetery is the last resting place for many Lexington notables. Approximately 1.8 miles.

Santa Fe Walking Tour

American settlers had been living in the Lexington area for only a few years when William Becknell left Franklin, in central Missouri, for Santa Fe in September 1821. The Santa Fe Trail became America's first great international commercial highway, and for nearly sixty years thereafter was one of the nation's great routes of adventure and western expansion.

With the success of the new Santa Fe Trail, most early traders went through Lexington. Trade goods such as tinware, tobacco, whiskey and beeswax originated in Lexington. Direct expeditions from the area started as early as 1824 when Strother Renick was hired by General McRea to "take a small stock of goods on pack mules over the trackless prairie to Mexico."


Download the 15-stop Tour of Historic sites in Lexington connected to the Santa Fe Trail.

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