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Lecompton was founded in 1854 on a 640-acre Wyandotte Indian land claim on the south bank of the Kansas River. The town, which was originally named Bald Eagle because of the many eagles that nested along the river, was renamed later that year to honor Judge Samuel D. Lecompte, the chief justice of the Kansas territorial supreme court. In 1855, the territorial legislature chose Lecompton to be the only official and permanent capital of the Kansas Territory.

Learn more about Lecompton – the political birthplace of the American Civil War – by visiting our two museums, Constitution Hall, Lane University, plus other historic sites, restaurants and shops.


Constitution Hall


Built in 1856 by Sheriff Samuel J. Jones – who used native cottonwood and black walnut lumber cut from his steam sawmill on the Kaw River – Constitution Hall is the oldest wood-frame, civilian structure left standing in its original location in Kansas. Learn more…


Territorial Capital Museum (Lane University)


This museum sits on the grounds of the former 13-acre Lecompton capital square district. In 1855, construction of an elegant capital building began with a $50,000 appropriation from Congress. By 1857, however, all the money was spent, and antislavery legislators had gained control of the territorial legislature. Learn more…


Democratic Headquarters


This stone building was the headquarters of the Democratic Party during the Kansas Territorial period (1854-61). The cabin was used during a time when Lecompton, known as “The Birthplace of the Kansas Democratic Party,” was the territorial capital and stood at the center of national attention. Learn more…


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2021 Christmas Tree exhibit begins Nov. 1st

Enjoy the 2021 Christmas tree exhibit featuring Victorian, antique, and themed ornaments and décor from the past! All of the trees are inside the Territorial Capital Museum. Featured are feather trees from Europe, silver aluminum trees popular in the US in the 1950’s and 60’s, flocked artificial trees, miniature trees, ceramic trees, barbed wire trees, drift wood trees and many, … Read More

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Resilience

Under the protective wings of a proud community, visitors are welcomed to the historic city of Lecompton. Like a majestic bird taking flight along the banks of the Kansas River, Lecompton once soared in both population and prosperity. Originally called Bald Eagle, the burgeoning town quickly became a nest of historical significance. Pioneers of the 1850’s and 1860’s sought to … Read More

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