Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

Park Information

Missouri State Parks has implemented a number of measures designed to maintain required social distancing and protect visitors, volunteers and staff. We ask our visitors to view our Park Hours to confirm operating hours. A full list of temporary closures can be found here. The latest information from Missouri State Parks on COVID-19 can be found here.

People called Oliver Anderson’s house “the best arranged dwelling house west of St. Louis.” But it became more famous as the center of a bloody three-day Civil War battle in 1861. Walk through the Anderson House at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site and marvel at the bullet holes still in the walls and evidence of the cannon shots. The battlefield is peaceful now, dotted with orchards and gardens, but battle scars remain. A visitor center provides a comprehensive view of the battle that raised Southern spirits that the war was winnable and made Unionists in Missouri think twice about whether they could hold the state. The site is located in the town of Lexington and is one of the closest Civil War sites to Interstate 70.

Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, visit our Park and Site Status Map.

Historic Site Grounds:

sunrise to sunset, daily, year-round.

Anderson House hours

Tours of Anderson House and the Battlefield:

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

Thirty-to-45-minute tours of the Anderson House will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Thirty-to-45-minute tours of the battlefield will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Regular Hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April through July
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
    11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday
    Battlefield tours offered on odd hours (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.)
    House tours offered on even hours (10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.)
    Closed on Monday
    Closed Easter Sunday
  • August through October
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday
    11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sunday
    Battlefield tours offered on odd hours (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.)
    House tours offered on even hours (10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m.)
    Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • November through March
    Tours of the Anderson House and battlefield are available by appointment only.
    Closed on Monday and Tuesday
    Closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Historic Site Office hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April through October
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and holiday Mondays
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • November through March
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays
    Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Days

Visitor Center hours

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

As of April 1, 2021, the visitor center will reopen with hours of Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a limit of 20 guests inside the building at any time. An interpretive orientation program is available in the theater room. Face coverings will be required, as the center is in Lafayette County, where there is still an ordinance in effect requiring them. 

Regular Hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April through October
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and holiday Mondays
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Easter Sunday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • November through March
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays
    Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days