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Historical Sites

Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park The Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park is in the process of developing the land that was purchased in 2003 which contains The Black Jack Battlefield, The Pearson Farmstead Home as well as a newly developed Nature Park that contains a nature trail which winds through woods along the creek and a Prairie Restoration Area.
Constitution Hall Constitution Hall, erected by Samuel Jones in 1856, became the place were the Kansas Territorial Government convened. In the fall of 1857 (October 19), the Lecompton Constitutional Convention met and drafted a pro-slavery constitution in the upper story of the building. The downstairs was rented as the federal land office and private law offices. (Source:
Lecompton Historical Society Official site for the Lecompton Historical Society of Lecompton, Kansas.
Old Castle Museum As the first home of Baker, Old Castle was once known as "The College Building," because at that time it was the first and only college building in the state. Now as a museum, The Old Castle houses artifacts from early Kansas, Methodist, and Baker history. (Source: Read More <span class="icon fa fa-arrow-circle-right more-link-icon" aria-hidden="true"></span>
Wakarusa River Valley Museum The Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum is located in Bloomington Park East at Clinton Lake just outside of Lawrence, Kansas.
Watkins Museum of History The Watkins Museum is operated by the Douglas County Historical Society. The museum is housed in the 1888 Watkins Land Mortgage and National Bank Building, provides educational resources and activities, programs and public events, and changing exhibits that explore the heritage of Douglas County and connect the past with issues that affect our communities today. (Source: