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Lee Ward, a mortician by trade and historian and writer, give a presentation about Jesse James, his life and his death.
Presented at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. The historic site co-sponsors other activities throughout the week, as part of the Lexington Fair, which runs Aug. 18-24.
Don’t miss the tenth annual Museum Day Live! hosted by Smithsonian magazine to celebrate the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day.
Just download your ticket at Museum Day Live! and on September 27, you and a guest can enjoy participating museums across the country...for free.
Visit Smithsonian.com to download your Museum Day Live! ticket, starting August 1.
You must present your ticket to be admitted free. Participating Missouri museums include:
The Kansas City Astronomical Society presents a program in the visitor center theater. At dusk, telescopes are available for viewing the night sky.
Four guestrooms. Common room offers television, pool table, games and a fireplace. We are 15 minutes from Lexington and Independence; 20 minutes from Kansas City Chiefs and Royals stadiums. We offer homemade pastries and a full line breakfast. Quiet country setting.
Warm. Welcoming. Approachable. Offering wine novices and connoisseurs fine wines, a relaxed environment and personal service. Come relax on our wine deck or in our indoor seating area.
Free tasting and tours; live music; and events throughout the year.
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
The site features the Civil War battlefield and the Anderson House, which was used as a field hospital during the September 1861 battle. Highlights include a visitor center with exhibits, an interpretive, self-guided trail on the battlefield and guided tours.
Big River Ranch provides 2,100 acres of land to enjoy on horseback. We offer 25 miles of cut trails; five of which are along the Missouri River. We have an event center, camping, an outdoor lighted arena, and horse boarding stables. We welcome RVs.
Discover the timeless beauty and warm ambiance that antique furnishings and accessories will add to your home or office. From Early American to Art Deco, our selection of antiques, period furniture, old books, wall art, pottery and art glass is designed to satisfy the collector in you. Fresh inventory arriving weekly.
This Lexington city park, about a block from the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, has a pavilion shelter that is a replica of the Masonic College building that served as Union headquarters during the battle.
A marker indicates where Union Col. Mulligan hid $1 million in confiscated funds under his tent during the battle. The park also features a restored cannon from the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”). Picnic tables and playground equipment.
Our tasting room is an old barn built in 1930s, sitting atop the Missouri River bluffs overlooking our farm. The building is between two of our vineyards, letting you sit close to the vines. We have indoor and outdoor seating. The facility has a casual feel with the original rough-cut lumber from floor to ceiling. We have tried to make a space where you can feel comfortable in shorts or your favorite formal dress. We have live music spring thru fall; check our website for schedules.
The Hall of Waters was built in 1936-1937 as a bottling facility and distribution point for the healing, medicinal mineral waters of Excelsior Springs. This beautiful, one-of-a-kind, Art Deco building held the world’s longest water bar, an indoor swimming pool, a Polio pool, the water department, a spa both men, and a spa for women.
Today, the Hall of Waters houses city offices and the Hall of Waters Visitor Center and Cultural Museum. A self-guided walking tour is available.
The Visitor Center offers information on area attraction, shopping and events.
This scenic street, once part of the Santa Fe Trail, runs along the bluff above the Missouri River. The district contains more than 25 homes built in the 1800s. Don’t miss the Missouri River overlook from the World War Memorial Steps.
Historic District map available at Lexington Tourism Bureau, 927 Main St.
An energetic city forged by a rich history, Kansas City is brimming with activities to keep you entertained—eclectic cuisine, swinging jazz, one-of-a-kind museums, a thriving arts scene and fantastic shopping. Part of the city’s charm lies in its impressive network of parks and boulevards and of course, exquisite fountains.
The world-renowned jazz legacy continues today in clubs throughout the city. For barbecue lovers, the city’s signature food can be found at more than 100 barbecue establishments, but visitors also delight in restaurants of every ethnic origin. Pack your bags and discover something unique and unexpected in Kansas City.
Greek Revival Courthouse built in 1847 and occupied continuously, making it the oldest courthouse in Missouri still in use. The hole from a cannonball fired during the 1861 Battle of Lexington is still visible in the left-most column facade. A Memorial to Lafayette County Veterans is on the Courthouse square.
Lexington's downtown area is listed on the National Register and includes the 1847 Lafayette County Courthouse and many 19th century storefronts and structures.
Shopkeepers, restaurants and offices on Main Street and Franklin Avenue still do business in the same buildings where the early citizens of Lexington worked and shopped.
Many of the buildings contain antique and gift shops, each one with its own personality. Visit the shops and enjoy the period renovation that showcases each building.
Housed in an 1846 Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the museum features exhibits on the Osage Indians, Pony Express, steamboats, Civil War, coal mining, and Wentworth Military Academy. There is a memorial to the victims of the Saluda steamboat disaster.
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.
Antiques and retro items; vintage jewelry and smalls; plus new quilting fabrics. Open every day.
Lexington, founded in 1822, was, by 1830, the largest and most important Missouri River town west of St. Louis. The Old Neighborhoods Historic District east of downtown on Main Street, Franklin Avenue and South Street, contains 19th- and 20th-century homes and churches with a variety of architecture, from early Greek Revival to Italianate to Queen Anne and Colonial.
Come to Lexington and meet people who are passionate about the past.
Stop in for maps, self-guided tour itineraries and other services. This is your gateway to Lexington and Lafayette County. Contact us for information on Civil War events, attractions, lodging, dining, events, group tour itineraries, step-on guides and tour arrangements.
Established by an act of the Missouri General Assembly in 1849, Lexington's Machpelah Cemetery is one of Missouri’s oldest corporations in continuous existence.
Among those buried here are victims of the 1852 Saluda steamboat explosion; one of the founders of the Pony Express; and Civil War soldiers killed in the 1861 Battle of Lexington. Fascinating funerary monuments and ironwork from a local foundry.
A guide is available from the Lexington Tourism Bureau.
Dedicated in 1928 by County Judge Harry S. Truman in honor of the brave women who helped settle the West. It's one of 12 monuments marking the National Old Trails Road, which runs from Maryland to California.
A 1915 Greek Revival with three guestrooms decorated in fine antiques. Enjoy the surroundings of years gone by in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere. Porch and screened-in patio for your enjoyment. Full breakfast included with your room. Homemade desserts in the evenings.
This small, artisan winery specializes in semi-sweet wines. Enjoy the scenic drive through beautiful rural Missouri on your way to your wine tasting. Closed January and February.
Route 224 has been designated as the Old Trails Road Scenic Byway because of its unique history, and its scenic, recreational, cultural and natural qualities.
The picturesque drive from Lexington through Wellington and Waterloo to Napoleon runs alongside the Missouri River. Travelers experience a roadway that was traveled by American Indians, fur traders, trappers, explorers, westward pioneers, gold seekers, ox carts, covered wagons, Santa Fe Trail traders, Civil War troops, Jayhawkers, Bushwhackers, coal miners, farmers, early-day motorists and present-day tourists.
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