Sorghum Harvest for Grandparents Day and Fall Activities at Mahaffie


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Mahaffie Celebrates Grandparents Day with Sorghum Harvest

Sunday September 9, Mahaffie offers Grandparents free admission with the paid admission of a paying grandchild, ($4/child, ages 5-11), a savings of $6! Ride the stagecoach (weather permitting) and see what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's cookstove. Children can learn more about family history from their grandparents by filling out a family tree and they can create a picture of their favorite activity at Mahaffie to take home in a special Grandparents Day frame. A special activity planned for the day is Mahaffie's first Sorghum Harvest. Many farmers experimented with sorghum as a substitute for sugar in the mid-1800s. The Mahaffie neighbors grew sorghum and this year, the Mahaffie staff planted sorghum in addition to the corn in front of the Mahaffie farmhouse. The stalks of the plant are pressed to collect liquid which is boiled down much like maple syrup to create the final product. Our sorghum is ready to harvest, press, and boil-all activities planned for Grandparents Day provided weather and nature permit the demonstrations. Go to or our Facebook page for the latest information about the Sorghum Harvest. This photo of sorghum was taken two weeks ago.

Wild Wild West on the Boulevard, Friday, September 7

Mahaffie is participating in an event at the Boulevard Drive-In Theatre located at 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS. The Drive In will be playing a western double featuring a Fistful of Dollars starring Clint Eastwood and True Grit starring John Wayne. Mahaffie will be giving stagecoach rides from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Other activities featured before the western films are live country music by Travis Martin, Rex Purefoy Hollywood Cowboy Show and a mechanical bull riding contest. Admission is $25/car load. for more details and directions.

Mahaffie Takes Stagecoach to Old Settlers Parade

 The 114th Annual Johnson County Old Settlers event kicks off in downtown Olathe Thursday September 6. Mahaffie will be taking the stagecoach to be part of the parade that begins at 10am on Saturday, September 8. Be sure to wave to the stagecoach towards the end of the parade!

Cemetery Tour Tickets on Sale

The popular Fall Cemetery Tours are Thursday, October 11, Friday, October 12, and Saturday October 13. Tours are 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. each evening. Learn more about Olathe's early history by meeting some of the characters buried in the Olathe Memorial Cemetery. The theme for this year's tour is Quantrill's Raid of Olathe in September of 1862. Tours last approximately one hour and meet in the parking lot of Northview Elementary School 905 N Walker in Olathe. Tickets are $5/adults and $4/children ages 5-11. Tickets can be purchased at the Heritage Center Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Thursday night is Scout night and a special Cemetery Tour patch is included with the ticket prices for Boy and Girl Scouts. The 7 p.m. tour on Thursday October 11 is already sold out. For more details please call (913) 971-5111.

Wild West Show and Bullwhacker Days

Wild West Show and Bullwhacker Days is Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23. Experience performances from Annie Oakley, the Whip Guy, and enjoy lots of hands on activities such as roping, and gold panning. New this year is Wicked Liars: Fire Eating, Sword Swallowing and Juggling. Regular Site Admission Applies, $6/adults, $4/children ages 5-11, a small fee charged for some activities. 

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;