Harvest Wheat 19th Century Style at Free Mahaffie Event Thursday
Visitors can help harvest wheat 19th Century style at a free event from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop, 1200 Kansas City Road. The historic site will be open with free admission offering activities focused on 19th Century farming.
In addition to helping harvest the wheat, visitors can learn about the crops the Mahaffie’s grew and the methods they used. Visitors can make a hook to take home in the blacksmith shop or grind corn to feed the farm animals for a small fee. Visitors also can help saw wood, check out Mrs. Mahaffie’s cook stove, and enjoy 19th Century children’s games. Stagecoach rides around the site also will be available with a suggested donation of $2 per person.
Each Thursday night visitors can participate in hands-on activities associated with a different aspect of 1860s history. New this year, the first 100 visitors can collect a different Mahaffie animal trading card each week.
As a special feature the Olathe Historical Society will present a free public viewing of the newest installment in the “Olathe – the City Beautiful” film series at 7:30 p.m. inside Heritage Center. The movie will focus on the Mahaffie family. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided.
The historic site is open with living history activities and stagecoach rides from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. For a complete listing of events visit www.mahaffie.org or call (913) 971-5111.