Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site, Olathe
J.B. & Lucinda Mahaffie, circa 1870. Photo courtesy Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farmstead
Children learning about wheat harvest. Photo courtesy Nicholas Traub.
Laura churning butter at the summer kitchen. Photo courtesy Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farmstead.
1200 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS 66061
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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site is a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas History because the original 1865 limestone farmhouse is the only working stagecoach stop left on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail.
better to experience life on the
In 1857, James "Beatty" Mahaffie, his wife Lucinda, and their children arrived from
Mahaffie chose an ideal location for his new farm and his business interests,
just a mile out of town and directly on the
can discover that same farmhouse with its unique dining hall and kitchen as
they walk in the footsteps of
visitor center built in 2008 and open year-round, houses a gift shop and
visitor amenities along with exhibits and interactive videos telling the
stories of the Mahaffie family, stagecoach travel, the western trails, and the
Border War/Civil War era in
LIVING HISTORY PROGRAMS
Complementing April to October stagecoach operations, our living history programming recreates life on a 19th
century farm to engage our visitors on an almost year-round basis. Activities range from Winter weekends focused on chores like processing a hog and making sausage, to cutting our wheat crop with a late 1860s reaper in the Summer, to picking our corn crop in the Fall. The unexpected snowfalls this season even let us offer horse-drawn sled rides. Our visitors are welcomed to get involved, safely, in most of these tasks. Many of our young visitors find themselves mixing dough or washing dishes in the farmhouse kitchen, and our Open Late, 6-8 p.m. summer Thursday nights make these activities available to audiences who cannot visit us in the daytime hours.
Mahaffie Historic Site is owned by the City of
Mahaffie is open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 12-4 p.m, year round.
Admission charge is $3 adults; $2 children in the winter, and weekdays, Spring and Fall. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children on Spring and Fall weekends and daily in the Summer -- at which times the stagecoach is operating and the living history program is in operation.
Photos courtesy Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farmstead