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Baldwin City, Kansas

Come explore the events and history of the Battle of Black Jack on the 156th anniversary! The all-day event will begin at 5am with the Dawn at Black Jack Battlefield, where you can walk the battlefield at the exact time and day of the battle. Next, an appearance by “Old John Brown” will be made at 1pm where he will guide you through the battle. At 2:30pm, a tour will be given of Black Jack Nature Park. Lastly, to close out the day, there will be an 1856 Lamplight Camp Tour which will include: lamplight tours of the battlefield starting every 15 minutes, Gum Spring Serenaders from 8-9pm, and exhibits at the Robert Hall Pearson Farmhouse from 8-10pm. This event will be $8 for ages 12 and over, but the rest of the events and activities are free and refreshments will be provided for no cost as well. Located 3 miles east of Baldwin City, KS and ¼ mile south of Highway 56. Be sure to mark your calendars for this day of fun and learning!

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Case Hall

Case Hall is Baker University's first library building. Completed in 1907 with a grant from the Carnegie Foundation it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its innovated construction for the time.

It was designed by Baker'

Baldwin City, KS National Register


Parmenter Hall

Parmenter Hall with its distinguishing tower, is the first building actually built on the Baker University campus and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places . The cornerstone was laid in June, 1866, but lack of financing delayed completion until 1881

Baldwin City, KS National Register

Battle of Black Jack

This battle was part of the struggle to make Kansas a free state. In May, 1856, Pro-slavery men destroyed buildings and newspaper presses in Lawrence, Free-State headquarters. John Brown's company then killed 5

Baldwin City, KS Battlesites

Baldwin, Historical Marker

Here, and for the next 300 miles west, Highway 56 roughly follows the old Santa Fe Trail, and frequently crosses it. White settlement began in this area in 1854, the year Kansas became a territory, and in 1855

Baldwin City, KS Pioneer Life

Things to do near Baldwin City, KS