319 Elmore Street, Lecompton, Kansas
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5.
Admission: $3 Adults & $1 Students
Schedule a guided tour of Constitution Hall – call (785) 887-6520
Constitution Hall was designed in the Greek Revival style and built by Samuel J. Jones in 1856-1857. This building is said to have been one of the busiest and most important places in the Kansas Territory. Thousands came to file claims in the U.S. Land Office on the first floor and the District Court held sessions on the second floor. The Lecompton Constitutional Convention met here to draft a constitution to gain statehood for Kansas. Newspaper reporters from across the nation gathered in Lecompton to report on the meetings. Because the Lecompton Constitution protected slavery, many feared a national civil war would break out if the convention could not satisfy both proslavery and antislavery forces. Eventually the Lecompton Constitution failed and Kansas was admitted as a free state in 1861. Since those early days, Constitution Hall has served as a dry goods store, hotel, dormitory, undertaker’s office, and a lodge. Today the building is a Kansas State Historic Site.