Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop - Civil War Themed Thursday Night

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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm

June 6, 2011


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Honor the Civil War at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday

Honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a free family event at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., Olathe, Thursday, June 9.  The historic site will be open from 6-8 p.m. for Family Fun Night offering activities focused around the Civil War.Civil War Marching

One highlight of the evening will be a special presentation about women in Civil War Kansas sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.  Diane Eickhoff will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center.  The role of women in the Civil War has often been overlooked, but Kansas women served as nurses, cooks, clerks, and factory workers, while others were even soldiers and spies.  Women’s work on the home front also played an important role.  As writers, some raised support for the Union, while others championed the Republican Party; and most hoped women’s suffrage would be addressed at war’s end.  Using historical photographs and editorial cartoons, this presentation challenges the stereotypical idea of women’s roles in war popularized by such books as “Gone With The Wind.”

Visitors also can participate in an Civil War march and drill, learn about artillery and life in a Civil War camp and try their hand at "writing home" with a real ink pen.  Visitors also can make a spy wheel or make a piece to take home in the blacksmith's shop.  As always, visitors can see what's cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's stove and try their skills at a variety of games typically played by children in the 19th century.  Stagecoach rides around the site also will be available; donations of $2 per person are suggested for stagecoach rides.

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will host free Family Fun Nights every Thursday night in June and July.  The open late events feature free admission and stagecoach rides.  A fee applies to some special activities.  Each Thursday night visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history. New this year, the first 100 visitors can collect a different Mahaffie animal trading card.  Attend each week to collect all 8. 

Weekly themes are:

  • Cowboy Night - July 7
  • Civil War  - June 9 and July 14
  • 19th Century Technology - June 16 and July 21
  • Kansas Farming - June 23 and July 28

The historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.  For a complete listing of events visit or call (913) 971-5111.

Sunflower Wickets Croquet Tournament A Success

Sunflower Wickets

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm hosted 20 teams for a croquet tournament Saturday, June 4.  This annual event is hosted by the Mahaffie Foundation as a fundraiser for the historic site.



Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site is operated by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Olathe. Open hours, stagecoach operations, living history activities, special events and programs vary seasonally.  Access is limited in the winter months and the site is closed major holidays. Please call or visit our website for current times and dates,  (913) 971-5111.

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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
1200 Kansas City Rd; Olathe, KS 66061
Open Wednesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.