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Baldwin City, Kansas

Visit the historic location of the Battle of Black Jack as tour season begins the first Saturday in May at 1pm! There will be a guided tour by John Brown of the battlefield and historical information behind John Brown, the Battle of Black Jack, Bleeding Kansas, and the role that the Santa Fe Trail played in the first battle of the Civil War. Tours will continue on Saturdays and Sundays until October 21st. The battlefield and park is located 3 miles east of Baldwin City, KS and ¼ mile south of Highway 56 in rural Douglas County Kansas.

Attractions and Upcoming Events


Black Jack Log Cabin

A white oak log cabin stands at the roadside park three miles east of Baldwin on Highway 56. Built in observance of Kansas' centennial in 1961, it now houses historical artifacts as well as hosting meetings and gatherings.

Baldwin City, KS Pioneer Life

Kibbee Cabin

[Kibbee Cabin] The Kibbee Cabin is a reproduction of a log cabin which stood on the crest of the Santa Fe Ridge (commonly called "Big Hill") north of Baldwin where a group of Methodist ministers met to form Baker University in 1857

Baldwin City, KS Pioneer Life

Palmyra Post Office

Located at the Old Castle Complex is the Palmyra Post Office and Blood's Grocery which opened in 1857. Originally located north of the highway on the Santa Fe Trail, it served travelers on the trail and the pioneer community of Palmyra, the original townsite later to become Baldwin City.

Baldwin City, KS Pioneer Life

Old Castle Museum Complex

The 3-story native sandstone Castle was the first home of Baker University, Kansas' oldest 4-year college. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places , it was built in 1857 and 1858, at a cost of $3,200 and includes native wood - mostly walnut - woodwork. It provided a "

Baldwin City, KS Museums

Things to do near Baldwin City, KS