A 45 minute drive from Kansas City, take I-70 east to the Lexington exit (Route O). Travel North on Route O for approximately 15 miles. Continue North on Highway 13 to Lexington. See below for our best bets, or visit http://www.visitlexingtonmo.com.

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site & Anderson Home

Visitors may explore the 100 acres of the battlefield preserved at the historic site. The Visitor Center has an exhibit hall with artifacts from the Civil War and a theater with a 15-minute film that explains the events of Sept. 18-20, 1861. The Oliver Anderson mansion was once called “the largest and best arranged dwelling house west of St. Louis.” Today, the home is best known for the three bloody days in 1861 when it was a fiercely contested prize in a Civil War battle between the Federal forces and the Missouri State Guard. Today it is restored and furnished in mid-19th century fashion. Guided group tours of the home are available, if requested in advance.

Allow at least 1 hour

Lexington Historical Museum

Built in 1846 as the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the museum contains extensive exhibits on the steamboat era, the Pony Express, Civil War artifacts, coal mining and early Lexington history. The Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. Open May through October.

Allow 45 minutes

Lafayette County Courthouse

Built 1847-1849, it is the oldest working courthouse in Missouri. Embedded in the east column is a Union cannonball from the Civil War Battle of Lexington. On display are many antique pieces of furniture along with paintings depicting the history of Lafayette County.

Allow 45 minutes

College Park

This city park near the battlefield site contains a cannon from the USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) and a shelter that is a replica of the Masonic College building that served as Union headquarters during the Battle of Lexington. A marker indicates where Union Col. Mulligan hid $1 million in confiscated funds under his tent during the battle.

Allow 30 minutes

Santa Fe Trail Driving Tour

Fifteen stops are marked throughout Lexington where covered wagons once rolled. American settlers had been living in the Lexington area for only a few years when William Becknell left Franklin, in Central Missouri, for Santa Fe in September 1821. With the success of the new Santa Fe Trail, most of the early traders went through Lexington. Trade goods such as tinware, tobacco, whiskey and beeswax originated in Lexington.

Allow 1 hour

Trolley Tour

There’s no better way to see the sights of historic Lexington than with a guided tour on the Lexington Trolley. It’s a unique and memorable experience for any group. Tours last from 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes and are designed for your group's interests and needs.


There are five wineries in and around Lexington. Lafayette County’s wineries are easily accessible from main highways and offer a chance not only to sample and purchase the best of Missouri wines, but an opportunity to relax and enjoy the county’s beautiful rural vistas. Visit www.wineriesoflafayettecounty.com to learn more about each winery.

Allow about 1 hour for each winery.


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