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Just an hour east of downtown Kansas City, Lexington is a quaint and charming Missouri River town that makes a great day trip destination for shopping, history and sightseeing, The city of 5,000 is home to the famous “cannonball in the courthouse column,” a relic of the 1861 Civil War Battle of Lexington. The battlefield is now a Missouri State Park with a museum and guided tours of the restored 1853 plantation home used as a field hospital during the battle. Lexington is also rich in the history and lore of the Santa Fe Trail and was headquarters of the firm that founded the Pony Express.
Founded in 1822. Lexington has more than 100 antebellum homes and buildings and was named one of the Midwest’s “Best Old House Neighborhoods” in 2012 by This Old House magazine. Main Street features more than 20 antique shops, specialty stores and restaurants, many in restored buildings.
The region has wineries with a variety of specialty events, as well as apple and peach orchards where roadside stands feature local produce in late summer and fall. Annual events include: Porches & Peaches tour in July, Lexington Community Fair in August, Old Homes Tour and Civil War Days in September and the Old West Octoberfest in October. Attractions include the Wentworth Military Academy Museum, the Lexington Historical Museum, Riverfront Park with a Lewis & Clark marker, a Santa Fe Trail Driving Tour, the Machpelah Cemetery, as well as four Historic Districts with downloadable audio tours on the National Register of Historic Places. Historic bed-and-breakfasts and inns provide overnight and weekend accommodations.
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