Border War Showcase Thursday July 12th


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Border War Showcase Highlights Civil War Stories Thursday July 12th

The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, 1200 Kansas City Rd., in Olathe will feature activities from the Civil War for the  theme for this week’s Family Fun Night. Free admission and for a small fee visitors can ride the stagecoach around the site, write home with a pen and ink journal, and make something to take home in the blacksmith shop. 

Visitors can see what life would have been like for a solider in camp and learn about the cannon by walking through an artillery drill.  Visitors also can visit outdoor cooking 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.

As a special feature Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop is hosting representatives from area historical sites sharing information about the Civil War in Kansas and Missouri.  Visiting sites will include John Brown from the Battle of Black Jack, Wornall House, Battle of Westport, Adair Cabin, Jesse James Farm, Jackson County Historical Society, Bushwhacker Museum, John Brown State Historic Site, Cass County Public Library and Freedoms Frontier National Heritage Area.
Mahaffie also is hosting a traveling exhibit from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources through July 12.  The display, “A State Divided: Civil War in Missouri” covers the Civil War as well as the years leading up to the war including the Kansas/Missouri Border War.
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.  Kansas farming will be the theme for July 19 and July 26.

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 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. Civil War will be the theme July 11 and 12. Participants will be able to write in a journal, learn about a Civil War Soldier Camp Life, and try their hand at rubberband cannons.

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 will be featured at Tractor Daze & Mud Run at Ag Hall of Fame

Mahaffie will offer stagecoach rides at the Ag Hall of Fame 630 N 126th Street Bonner Springs, KS on Satuday July 14th as part of their Tractor Daze 2012. Other activities at this event include Southwest Dairy Milking Demos, trucks,machinery and Equipment Displays and construction equipment. For more information about the event,

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;