Travel back in time to the 19th century to learn about the Mahaffie family farm and their Stagecoach Stop!
Approximately 2 hour program, $4/person, minimum of 10 people or $40
Exhibit & Video ‐ A visit in the exhibit gives you a background on the Mahaffie family and local Kansas history. The Heritage Center exhibit, I Knew it was a Fine Country, tells the stories of the Mahaffie family, early Olathe and Johnson County, the western trails and stagecoach travel. The exhibit includes a 12 minute film offering more of the site's history. The video "Border War Voices" allows visitors to learn about what settlers went through during the Border War era.
House ‐ You’ll have a guided tour of the restored 19th century house. See how a 19th century Kansas farmhouse was furnished and decorated, in addition to seeing original furnishings belonging to the Mahaffies!
Blacksmith ‐ Watch a blacksmith demonstrate on a real forge the skills that would have helped the Mahaffie’s stagecoach stop and farm in the 1860s.
You have the option of adding these additional elements to personalize your tour, $1/person:
Feeding Chickens and Goats ‐ Help us grind corn for chicken feed, and then feed our hungry chickens and Duncan and Jekyll the goats!
Leather Stamping - Take home a leather bookmark that you leather stamp with your choice of designs!
Cookstove ‐ Head down to the cellar of the Mahaffie house and visit with an interpreter cooking 19th century recipes in our cookstove!
Stagecoach ‐ Take a ride around the farm grounds on our real stagecoach!
Voices from Mahaffie - Have your tour group visited by a first person historical interpreter sharing their story of life during the Mahaffie's time. Stories include: a stagecoach passenger, a traveler on the Oregon Trail, a gold panner, a farmer or his wife preparing for harvest, and many more!
These programs are designed for adult groups of 10 or more. Mahaffie also offers several programs for school-aged youth.
Call today to reserve your date and time - (913) 971-5111 or email Mahaffie.