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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

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

Allen (Depot) Park

Allen Park, Main and High streets in West Baldwin (formerly Media), is privately owned and maintained by the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society. While privately owned, it is open to the public and offers a ball field, play area and shelterhouse with picnic tables, running water and grills.

Baldwin City, KS Parks

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

Collins Library

Collins Library is the Baker University Library but also houses the Methodist Historical Library and two of the nation's top collections - The Quayle Rare Bible Collection and Rev. Coole's Ancient Chinese Coin Collection.

The library also houses an authentic 18

Baldwin City, KS Historic Libraries

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

Things to do near Baldwin City, KS