Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop – Fine Country

A visit to the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop takes guests back over 150 years, to a time when the territory was just opening for business. With so much history at this site, we were scratching our heads wondering why we had never visited. Knowing that nothing can be done to change the past, we pushed ahead with a plan to mend this oversight. A beautiful fall day in Kansas City offered us the perfect backdrop for our inaugural visit. We had plans to dive into all of the fun and educational opportunities that are found in this historic stop. Moving to the Farm James [...]

By |2021-11-05T06:07:25-06:00November 5th, 2021|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|2 Comments

Missouri Town 1855 – Welcoming Fall

As Autumn descends on the Midwest, people will find an abundance of harvest-themed festivals. Welcoming Fall brings a change in the air, that signals the shortening of daylight hours. We find ourselves trying to savor every moment. Scanning the Kansas City calendar of events, we noticed the annual Fall Festival at Missouri Town 1855. Since we had never visited this particular outdoor venue, this seemed like the perfect destination for our first 2021 autumn excursion. Frozen in Time Missouri Town 1855 has a fairly self-explanatory name. The idea was to create a crossroads town that would be common around the start of the [...]

By |2021-10-21T05:51:00-06:00October 15th, 2021|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|4 Comments

Seeing The Details – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Variety keeps life from becoming boring. You can imagine what it would be like if every museum was exactly the same. Each would hold the same static displays and spout the same factoids. Fortunately, this isn't the case. Each history museum has its own approach to telling stories from the past. We also have a nice selection of subjects to choose from. On one of our visits to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, we took the time to enjoy one of their annual events. With this particular museum being in our hometown, we have plenty of opportunities to visit. Seeing the details in [...]

By |2020-02-06T20:41:08-06:00February 14th, 2020|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|0 Comments

A Story Of Passion Extinguished – Vaile Mansion

Kansas City is a metropolis filled with countless tales. Every corner of the city has its urban legends, myths, and tall tales. Somewhere along the way, many of these began with an inkling of truth and were merely stretched with passing time. Not long after the Civil War ended, many pioneers would pass through Independence on their way out west. A steady stream of travelers would have traveled along a path that would have led them past the Vaile Mansion at 1500 North Liberty Street. Many sories were spun regarding this massive home that rose high above the rolling hills. A Love Story [...]

By |2018-11-22T06:10:45-06:00June 15th, 2018|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|8 Comments

What To Expect At The National Agriculture Center

The promise of a warm Spring day in Kansas City can often change quickly. Such was the case when we visited the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kansas. We were meeting up with a group of social influencers who had been invited to an Instameet being hosted by Visit Kansas City, Kansas. By the time we arrived, a blustery wind had brought in clouds, cooler temperatures, and the threat of rain. At least the first portion would be indoors. We want to thank the Ag Hall of Fame and Visit KCK for their hospitality. Rest assured that all opinions are [...]

By |2018-11-22T06:10:58-06:00May 25th, 2018|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|0 Comments

Why We Enjoy Places Like Miami County Historical Museum

There are varying opinions on the amount of enjoyment one can get from visiting a localized history museum. Some shy away from them, believing that they are dull and boring. Others, like ourselves, find that there are a multitude of personal stories just waiting to be uncovered. In Paola, Kansas we visited the Miami County Historical Museum to see and hear some of these local stories for ourselves. Please be aware that the museum is open during weekdays, but will make arrangements to have someone there on Saturdays by appointment. We want to thank the Miami County Historical Museum for their hospitality. Rest assured [...]

A Man Touched By Fire – John Brown

Most Kansans have heard the name of John Brown. This iconic legend was a hero to some and a villian to others. Although he was not born in the state, many of his most notable actions occurred there. During our Miami County Road Trip we stopped at the John Brown Museum to learn more about this Civil War era abolitionist. Familiar Face While the name is somewhat familiar in a regional way, John Brown's image has had a further reach. John Steuart Curry captured the spirit of Brown in a mural at the capitol building in Topeka, Kansas. An aged Brown, adorned in [...]

What We Learned At The Osawatomie Museum Complex

A day trip to Osawatomie, Kansas was less than an hour drive from Kansas City, but landed us in a different era. This itinerary was designed to showcase a variety of historic sites in Miami County. The Osawatomie Museum Complex, located in the downtown, was one of our stops. This locally oriented twin museum tells the story of the city, since its start in 1854. Our main purpose for visiting was to see their unique train museum section. Of course, we wanted to get a little background on the area first. What's In a Name? While we both have heard the name of [...]

True Grit At The Lone Jack Civil War Museum

Being from the Midwest means that we can find lots of historical sites within close proximity to our hometown. While it may not be Crystal's favorite, I am particularly intrigued by the Civil War battles and skirmishes in the region. These are numerous, so she has learned to make the best of it, and look for the personal stories that can be found entwined with the military data. Our visit to the Lone Jack Civil War Museum gave me another chance to further explore the actions in the border region. Located just a few minutes outside of Lee's Summit, Lone Jack is an [...]

By |2021-11-08T11:53:05-06:00April 20th, 2018|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|8 Comments

Taming Suburban Sprawl – Johnson Co. Museum

The Johnson County Museum recently relocated to its new home at 8788 Metcalf Avenue. The new Arts & Heritage Center allows the museum to spread out a little, which provides a pleasant experience for visitors. The museum is open Monday through Saturday with an admission cost of $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. They offer daily tours at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, which are included in the admission price. We bypassed the tour, since I like to be able to move back and forth between exhibits. We did have a tour pass us, and overheard a little of the [...]

By |2018-11-22T06:12:03-06:00March 16th, 2018|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|2 Comments
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