LEXINGTON, Mo. — History surrounds us in Missouri, but it can be easy to meander along unaware of the amazing stories in our own backyard.

KMZU’s Brian Lock was able to chat with Christopher Fristche, Natural Resource Manager for the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site, about the treasure trove of history on the grounds of the historic site and in the surrounding area, and about an opportunity on Saturday, April 6 for area residents to help preserve history and the site itself.

Click below to hear their conversation, which aired Friday on KMZU.

Anderson House, used during the Civil War as a hospital. A medal of honor was won inside the building during the Battle of Lexington in September 1861.

The Battle of Lexington was a clash between Union and Confederate forces which took place towards the beginning of the Civil War, in September 1861.

While what we today refer to as the Battle of Lexington was considered a military win for the South, Confederate forces were only able to hold on to the town of Lexington and surrounding area for a short time before Union forces swept back in and took the town, which was held by the North for the remainder of the Civil War.

Park Day 2019 at the Lexington State Historic Site will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Volunteers are invited to help spruce up the site with activities such as trash and stick removal from the battlefield, invasive species removal and flower bed clean-up.