With gratitude, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site announces a generous donation from long-time benefactor and Olathe resident Maron Moore. Moore presented the personal donation on Tuesday, October 30, to fund the construction of a large, interactive barn on the Mahaffie site.
The new barn replaces the existing structure on the west edge of the site. “The current barn was built sometime in the first half of the 20th Century and is in need of repairs,” said Tim Talbott, site manager. “This significant donation allows us to better meet the needs of our animals while connecting Mahaffie visitors to the living history mission of the site.”
The new barn feature will offer visitors year-round learning programs to allow for interaction with the animals and viewing of the 1860’s farm equipment housed at Mahaffie.
Plans are now underway to design and construct the barn over the next 18 months. The outside structure of the barn will replicate an appropriate 1860s look to fit Mahaffie Historic Site, while the interior will be a modern, highly-functional, public-access space.
“We are grateful for the continued support of Mrs. Moore,” said Talbott. “This donation allows us to expand on our mission; to engage visitors with hands on experiences of 1860s farming, frontier life, and stagecoach travel while preserving the nationally significant Mahaffie story.”