The Legler Barn, built by Swiss immigrant Adam Legler in 1864, was built using limestone from a local quarry at the corner of 95th and Quivira in Lenexa, Kansas.
The Leglers stayed in the top floor of the barn until their house was finished. It is said that the timbers used for the roof of the barn were obtained by trading cabbage with local Native Americans.
Many Westward travelers passed by the barn as the Santa Fe Trail cut through the corner of their property.
The barn was deconstructed in the 1970’s during commercial property expansions in the area. It was measured, strategically taken apart and stored in caves. Through fundraising efforts by the Lenexa Historical Society, the barn was reconstructed at its current location in Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.
Today, the barn is operated and maintained by the City of Lenexa and houses Lenexa’s History Museum and Archive. The Lenexa Historical Society aids the City by maintaining and making available its collection of historical artifacts and archival documents. The Society also designs and maintains exhibits while developing and presenting public education programs.
Guided tours are provided by trained City staff and Lenexa Historical Society volunteers.
Also in the complex are the Herb Garden, Wiedenmann Strang Line Waiting Station, the Lenexa Train Depot Museum and Caboose.
The Lenexa Historical Society extends a special thanks to the Legler family for supporting us by participating in events, donating family artifacts, pictures and sharing stories about their family, the barn and Lenexa.