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Battle of Athens State Historic Site

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Address: Route. 1, Revere, MO 63465
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+1 660-877-3871
08:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:30

Battle of Athens Historic Site is a place of peace and serenity. Its...

Battle of Athens 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 most northern 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.

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Wonderful place, wonderfully perserved History

For those of us who reside north of the Mason Dixon Line, Athens is truly a gem, as we seldom have the opportunity to touch Civil War history. As a battlefield, a ghost town, and... read more

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

For those of us who reside north of the Mason Dixon Line, Athens is truly a gem, as we seldom have the opportunity to touch Civil War history. As a battlefield, a ghost town, and a lovely, well maintained park, Athens rounds out as a terrific destination for the whole family. Make sure you come when park staff is around,... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

If this was located anywhere else it would be a major tourist destination. An entire town, preserved in place since the late 1800s, in a position of importance in the Midwest river system, with mill, that was the site of the most Northerly battle west of the Mississippi. Wow. Our guide answered our questions and let us ramble wherever we... More 

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Darfur, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2016

A hidden gem for history buff's be it Civil War or history of towns that once dotted our Country. I'd not heard of this battle but it was a turning point in the War and the towns people apart, fighting each other, hard to fathom this now. We walked on hallowed ground and one could feel it. A beautiful peaceful... More 

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Kahoka, Missouri
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

Good local history about the farthest north Civil War battle fought in Missouri. It's a nice park, but not a lot to see except for the Cannonball House

Thank Mike S
Warsaw, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2015

Well maintained and well kept historic site that gives a great sense of just how divisive the civil war was in this area. Not easy to get to, but well worth the effort. Don't miss this spot!

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Revere, Missouri
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Reviewed 10 April 2015

The park holds a Battle re-enactment that is always fun and entertaining. There is a shelter house, nature hikes, and historical markers for all to enjoy.

Thank Sarah C
Kahoka, Missouri, United States
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Great place for a family reunion. Lots of room at the shelter, modern bathroom facilities, plus you have the battle site and cannon ball house museum. This is our second family reunion held there. we will definitly use it again for next one. Don't forget the trails , camping, fishing at the lake or river, raspberries and blackberries galore.

Thank Jim G
Kimberling City, Missouri
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

As far as battlefields go this isn't the largest but it is a part of American history that was another important part of the Civil War. The hole in the home left by the cannonball helps make history come alive as you can experience the details of this attack and hear the actual words exchanged between family members on opposite... More 

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Kirksville, Missouri, United States
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Reviewed 15 January 2013

The person at the museum was wonderful and knowledgable. The site is well kept and clean. The buildings are in good repair and signage is great. While it is not a major civil war site it is nice and part of Missouri's heritage,

Thank Franz K

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