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Enclosed Kitchen Shelter

at Battle of Athens State Historic Site

To reserve this shelter, visit the reservation page, or contact the historic site to check for availability by calling 660-877-3871. When not reserved, the shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is great for family reunions as well as other events.

Shelter Amenities
  • Number of tables: 14 picnic tables
  • Kitchen available April 1-Oct. 31
  • Length x width: 70' x 40'
  • Maximum occupancy: 125
  • Restroom: flush toilets
  • Water: yes

For more information about the historic site's picnic areas, click here.

Park Hours


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Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, as well as temporary trail closures, click here to visit our Park and Site Status Map.

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and site buildings will be closed: Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Jan. 2, 2023; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Historic Site Grounds

Sunrise to sunset, daily, year round

Day-Use Area

7 a.m. to sunset, daily, year-round

Thome-Benning House (Cannonball House) hours


  • April through October (on-season)
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday
    No tours offered Monday and Tuesday
  • November through March (off-season)
    By prior appointment only

Park Office hours

  • April through October
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • November through March
    Office not regularly staffed; telephone is monitored for messages Monday through Friday