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19th Century Technology Featured at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday

19th Century technology such as the telegraph will be featured at a free family event at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., Olathe.  The historic site will be open 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 21 for Family Fun Night. 

Visitors can use a telegraph and learn about the science of the cannon by using a rubber band cannon.   For a small fee visitors can ride the stagecoach around the site, make a paddleboat or silhouette, or make a hook in the blacksmith shop.  Visitors also 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.  Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to eat under the white tent.Telegraph

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm will host free Family Fun Nights 5-8 p.m. every Thursday night in June and July.  The open late events feature free admission.  A fee applies to some special activities including stagecoach rides.  Each Thursday night visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history. Again this year, the first 100 visitors can collect a Mahaffie Wild West Show trading card; attend each week to collect all 8. 

Weekly themes are:

  • 19th Century Fireworks – June 28
  • Hit the Trails – July 5
  • Border War Showcase – July 12
  • Kansas Farming - July 19 and July 26

Also, join Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Olathe Chick Fil A for family fun night 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 19.  Kids eat free at Chick Fil A with each adult combo purchase. The Mahaffie goat cart will be there as well as a 19th Century baseball player.

Celebrate Freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site

Come celebrate freedom at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., in Olathe.  The historic site will be open with special activities Thursday, June 28 and with regular site activities on Wednesday, July

Family Fun Night will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 28.  A 19th Century baseball game will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Olathe Civic Band concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.  19th Century fireworks, sponsored by the Olathe Fire Department, will begin at dark.  Visitors can also ride the stagecoach, see what’s cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie’s cookstove and enjoy 19th century games.  Pie and ice cream will be available for purchase.  Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, lawn chairs and blankets.  Visitors also can show their American pride and bring their decorated bike, stroller or wagon to participate in an on-site parade that will begin at approximately 7:15.  Admission is free; a fee will be charged for special activities such as stagecoach rides. 

Mahaffie will be open with regular 19th Century living history activities and stagecoach rides, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 4.  Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children age 5-11. 


Day Out with Frank and Ella Wednesday and Thursday

Preschools, day cares and other youth groups or individuals are invited to attend these drop-in summer fun sessions. Sessions are Wednesdays 9 a.m. to noon or Thursdays noon to 3 p.m. in June and July. Participants will enjoy a different theme each week with hands-on activities, crafts, a stagecoach ride (paying youth only) and must be accompanied by an adult. 1860s Technology will be the theme June 20 and 21. 

Registration is encouraged but not required. To register, call (913) 971-5111 or contact us by email. Click here for more details on the themes.


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
(913) 971-5111
Open Wednesday thru Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site
1200 Kansas City Rd.
Olathe, KS  66061
(913) 971-5111;