June


162nd Anniversary of the

Battle of Black Jack


 - June 2, 2018 -


Dawn at Black Jack - 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. - There will be a guided tour of the battlefield on the exact day and at the exact time of the battle 162 years before.  Come and walk in the footsteps of John Brown, Henry Clay Pate, and the other men who fought the first open battle over slavery.


Try to arrive no later than 4:45 a.m.  Follow the signs to the parking area and meet in front of the Robert Hall Pearson Farmhouse.  Bring a flashlight or a lantern to light your way in the early morning darkness.


Free admission. 



Battlefield Tours - 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - There will be two guided battlefield tours in the afternoon of the 162nd anniversary of the battle.  The first one will be at 1:30 p.m. and the second one will be at 4:00 p.m.


You might catch sight of Old John Brown, Henry Clay Pate, and members of their Free State and proslavery militias.  You just never know who you will come across at Black Jack.


This year's events are even more special because they are all being held on the actual date of the battle, June 2nd.


As on every day of the year, you are welcome to walk the nature trails, have a picnic lunch at one of our tables, or grab a walking tour brochure from the display outside the Robert Hall Pearson Farmhouse. 


You can also reflect on events in our history that had and continue to have a significant impact on our lives today.


Admission is free, but donations are always gratefully accepted.

Enjoy the beauty of Black Jack Battlefield & Nature Park at any time from dawn to dusk 365 days/year. 


We are open for visitors to walk the nature trails, have a picnic lunch at one of our tables or grab a walking tour brochure from the display outside the Robert Hall Pearson Farmstead Home. 


Reflect on events in our history that have had and continue to have an impact on our lives today.

2018 Events

I went to take Old Brown, and Old Brown took me.

-Henry C. Pate

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