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Territorial Capital Museum

640 East Woodson Avenue, Lecompton, KS 66050, USA

Lecompton served as the only official Kansas territorial capital from 1855-1861. President Franklin Pierce and Congress appropriated fifty thousand dollars to construct an elegant stone capital in Lecompton. Presidents Pierce and Buchanan appointed ten Kansas governors in less than seven years whom were sent to Lecompton to govern Kansas. Their decisions played a major role in pre-Civl War "Bleeding Kansas" history. Artifacts on display in the Territorial Capitol Museum include those from the 1856 Battle of Ft. Titus, the first "Bleeding Kansas" battle where deaths occured between proslavery and free state combatants. Additional artifacts come from Camp Sackett, a US Army encampment where free state treason political prisoners John Brown, Jr., Governor Charles Robinson and five others were held under guard by 500 troops from Ft. Leavenworth and Ft. Riley, including Edwin V. Sumner, Philip St. George Cooke, J.E.B. Stuart and John Sedgwick.


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I-70/Kansas Turnpike to Lecompton Exit 197; 3 miles west on Douglas County Rd. 438; 3 miles north on Douglas County Rd. 1029 to 640 E. Woodson, Lecompton

Visitor Services

ADA access, restrooms, drinking fountain, gift and book shop

Regular Events

"Territorial Days Festival" in June

Available Interpretation

Exhibits, interpretive signage, exterior and interior

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Admission Fee

Free, donations accepted


Year-Round, Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Sunday 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.; By appointment on other days



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