2019 Maple Leaf Festival -

Events at the Black Jack Battlefield

There will be events at the Black Jack Battlefield on October 19, 2019, as part of this year's Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City, Kansas.  They are still in the planning stage and will be posted here and on our Facebook page when planning is completed, so check back.

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.

Image courtesy of Rick Poppitz and The Gardner News.


Commemoration of the 163rd Anniversary of the Battle of Black Jack

The events to commemorate the 163rd anniversary of the Battle of Black Jack will be on June 1 and 2, 2019.  All events are in the Park and are free and open to the public. 

- June 1, 2019 -

 10:00-11:00 a.m. - Sumner and Stuart on the Santa Fe Trail - A talk by noted author and historian Deb Goodrich on the military use of the Santa Fe Trail.

12:45-1:45 p.m. - Period music - Larry Lintner and Stephanie Culley will perform a selection of period music.

2:00-3:30 p.m. - Battlefield tour led by John Brown and Henry Clay Pate.

Come on out for a day of history and fun.   Stay for one event or for all of them.  Bring a picnic lunch, tour the historic Robert Hall Pearson House, and walk the nature trails before, between, or after the events.


- June 2, 2019 -

Dawn at Black Jack
5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

There will be a special guided tour of the battlefield on the same date and at the same time that the battle occurred 163 years earlier.

Please arrive no later than 4:45 a.m. and bring a flashlight or lantern.

This event is held annually on the anniversary of the June 2, 1856, battle.



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

-Henry C. Pate

2019 Events


2019 Civil War on the

Western Frontier -

Tour of the Black Jack Battlefield -

4:00 p.m., August 18, 2019

As part of the events for this year's annual Civil War on the Western Frontier  commemoration of the anniversary of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas, there will be a guided tour of the Black Jack Battlefield at 4:00 p.m. on August 18, 2019.