Confederate Memorial State Historic Site, Higginsville

Historic Site · Tourist Spot
The Confederate Memorial State Historic Site is a state-owned property occupying approximately 135 acres (55 ha) near Higginsville, Missouri. From 1891 to 1950, the site was used as an old soldiers' home for veterans of the Confederate States Army after the American Civil War. The Missouri state government then took over operation of the site after the last veteran died in 1950, using it as a state park. In 1981, a cottage, a chapel, and the Confederate cemetery were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Confederate Chapel, Cemetery and Cottage. The chapel was moved from its original position in 1913, but was returned in 1978. It has a tower and a stained glass window. The cottage is a small wooden building, and the cemetery contains 723 graves. Within the cemetery is a monument erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy which is modeled on the Lion of Lucerne. In addition to the cemetery and historic structures, the grounds also contain trails, picnic sites, and fishing ponds.

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  • For civil war history buffs this is an interesting and somber place. The interpretation signs and directions need refreshing. The Lucerne Lion which represents the “lost cause” is a wounded creature.....  more »
  • This is a beautiful, well kept site. We have visited a couple of times. Will probably go back again since it is so close to home.  more »
  • We expected so much more of this state historic site. We could not find anyone to answer our questions. The park is lovely, but one does not get a sense of this being much. The signboards are...  more »
  • Beautiful park. Lots of trees, walking trail and picnic tables. Very quiet, peaceful and clean.
  • A really nice find, this park & civil war cemetery. Lovely chapel on the grounds and well kept lawns & markers. Including a famous one pictured here.
  • Such a neat part of history and a beauitful site that has been put together to honor the Confederates.
  • A very well kept park. Very clean quiet and beautiful.
  • It’s a beautiful park, just wish they would keep the ponds clean and maybe plant some flowers.

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