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Revere - Battle of Athens State Historic Site


Battle of Athens Historic Site is a place of peace and serenity. Its historic buildings, tree-studded landscape, and mile of Des Moines River frontage make the site a perfect place to hikepicnic or camp. But today’s peace belies the site’s history as the place where the most northern battle fought west of the Mississippi occurred, when about 500 Union soldiers repelled nearly four times their number of pro-Southern State Guardsmen. The site includes interpretation and tours of the battlefield as well as a number of historic buildings, including one that was pierced by a cannonball during the battle.


Devyn Larsh

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Cool place to explore. We didn't see the public bathrooms by the road, and, since the shelter's bathrooms were locked, we had to pee in the woods. But we cannot hold that against them as it was our oversight.

Dan Cass

Friday, March 30, 2018
Took Grandkids...they loved the park..enjoyed the history...great place ,plan on coming back and trying our luck fishing in the lake!

Mira Maggard

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
Athens is beautiful this time of year we saw alot of eagles on the river even there babys.

Michael Menteer

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Had to come back to see this state park, was a favorite of mine when I was younger. Very well kept park. So cool to see where a cannon ball passed through a building

Zeb Ayres

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
I loved this unique little historic site! Athens is a civil war era town-site that is mostly gone. However several key buildings are still in place, and the entire site is well-kept and very pretty. The staff we encountered were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, and we were given a personal tour of the old Inn, as well as the Cannonball house, which bears entry and exit wounds from a civil war cannonball as it overshot the battle and headed toward Iowa!

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