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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm
October 25, 2011
Trick or Treat at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Saturday, October 29
Little ones will enjoy trick or treating in costume on the historic Mahaffie grounds, 1200 Kansas City Rd., Olathe during the site’s Trick or Treat Off the Street from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, October 29. Admission is $3 per person for all ages and includes trick or treating, games, crafts and a hay ride. Local community groups will be on the grounds distributing candy.
Parking and access for the event will be at the western parking lot located in front of the historic house instead of at the Heritage Center.
October Weekends Last for Living History and Stagecoach Until Spring
This weekend will be the last opportunity for stagecoach rides and living history at Mahaffie until spring. Visitors can help pick corn, prepare wheat for threshing, learn about the site’s team of oxen and ride the stagecoach. Stagecoach rides and living history activities will be offered several times throughout the winter at special events. Visit www.mahaffie.org or Mahaffie’s Facebook page for winter activities.
In honor of the fall harvest, visitors may bring in two non-perishable food items to receive $1 off admission. The food will be collected and delivered to Harvesters.
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Harvest-themed living history activities will be offered weekends in October. Wednesday through Friday visitors may explore the grounds and view the Heritage Center museum exhibit. Mahaffie will begin its winter schedule November 1.
Mahaffie Awarded Heritage Trust Fund Grant for House Restoration
The Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund has awarded the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop a $40,000 grant for interior renovation of the historic stone farm house. The Johnson County Board of Commissioners authorized the funding Thursday, September 15.
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm has received previous grants from the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund that have enabled a number of restoration projects at the Mahaffie historic site. Previous projects have included restoration of the stagecoach dining hall and kitchen and the original Mahaffie barn, along with expanded exhibits for the site’s Heritage Center. The current grant will be used to continue interior restoration of the stone farm house.
“We’ve made tremendous strides in returning the Mahaffie farm to its 1865 appearance over the last five years, while expanding our living history activities within the farmhouse,” said Olathe Parks and Recreation Director, Kevin Corbett. “This grant is critical to continuing that progress and expanding the experience we can offer our visitors. We could not accomplish all the work we’ve done without the support of the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund and the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.”
The Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund awarded $179,273 in grants to ten historical projects in all. The Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund was created in 1991 to help preserve the heritage and history of the county. Revenue for the fund is derived from a portion the county’s mortgage registration fee that exceeds the $100,000 the county is required to contribute to the Kansas Heritage Trust Fund.
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, www.mahaffie.org (913) 971-5111.
For more information about the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm, visit www.mahaffie.org
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