As of Saturday, June 20, Battle of Athens State Historic Site has resumed tours at the Thome-Benning house with recommended safety precautions and social distancing measures in place. The site office will remain closed at this time; however, if visitors have questions, they can knock on the door or call 660-877-3871. For more information on the health and safety measures in place, visit https://mostateparks.com/response.
Battle of Athens State Historic Site is a place of peace and serenity. Its historic buildings, tree-studded landscape and mile of Des Moines River frontage make the site a perfect place to hike, picnic or camp. But today’s peace belies the site’s history as the place where the northernmost battle fought west of the Mississippi occurred, when about 500 Union soldiers repelled nearly four times their number of pro-Southern State Guardsmen. The site includes interpretation and tours of the battlefield as well as a number of historic buildings, including one that was pierced by a cannonball during the battle.