Confederate Memorial State Historic Site, Higginsville, Missouri

Confederate Soldiers Home of Missouri
This site was once home to the Confederate Soldiers Home of Missouri, which provided comfort and refuge to 1,600 Civil War veterans and their families from 1891 to 1950.Needy and incapacitated former soldiers and sailors from across the South resided at the home after proving their service record, financial need and Missouri residency. The first veteran was admited in 1891. Soldiers resided there for the next 59 years. On May 8, 1950, the last surviving Missouri Confederate soldier, Johnny Graves, died at the home at the age of 108.

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Church was remodeled by volunteers

Today, visitors can visit the restored chapel and the Confederate cemetery, as well as three other historic buildings. Visitors learn about Confederate Home and the role it played in post-Civil War Missouri. The Confederate Memorial State Historic Site honors more than 40,000 Missouri confederate soldiers.

On the grounds are the century-old chapel and cottage, a farmhouse and the 1920s-era hospital building. Directions and current weather information is on their website.

Confederate Memorial State Historic Site
211 West First Street
Higginsville, MO 64037-8158
Park Office: 660-584-2853

Check the Chamber of Commerce calendar to see what’s happening locally when you visit.

If you are in the area on a Tuesday, don’t miss the Farmers Market. 4:30 – 7 pm, May – September, at 20th & Shelby Street Higginsville (Main Street pavilion) 660-584-7810. Located in the Main Street Parking Lot, the Lafayette County Farmer Market features homegrown fruits and vegetables herbs, bedding plants, baked goods, candies, honey and special entertainment.

About 13 miles north of Higgensville is Lexington Missouri, home of Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.

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