Technology is Theme at Mahaffie's Final Free Family Night


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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm

July 25, 2011


19th Century Technology Featured at Last Free Family Fun NightMany exciting and interesting modern items were invented in the 19th Century.  Get an up-close, hands-on look at some of these inventions at a free family event at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, 1200 Kansas City Rd., Olathe, Thursday, July 28.  The historic site will be open from 6-8 p.m. for Family Fun Night offering activities focused on 19th Century Technology.  This will be the last event of the summer in Mahaffie’s Family Fun Night series.

Get a close up look at draft power with the site's horse treadmill, learn about the science of the cannon and shoot a rubber band cannon and learn how a telegraph works.  Visitors also can choose to make a paddle boat or an item in the blacksmith shop for a small fee.

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 hosted free Family Fun Nights every Thursday night in June and July.  Each Thursday night visitors could participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history. New this year, visitors collected Mahaffie animal trading cards each week.

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.


Mahaffie Takes Programs on the Road This Weekend

Stop by the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm booth this weekend at the Midwest Kids Fest, at the Overland Park International Trade Center.  The event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31.  The Mahaffie booth will feature 19th Century children’s games, branding tattoos and information about the Wild West Show in September.

Mahaffie also will be at the City of Olathe AquaFest, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 27 at Cedar Lake Park, 15500 S. Lone Elm Rd.  Visitors can enjoy panning for gold.

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.