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Mildale Farm and Lanesfield School both plan free fall events on Oct. 27

Posted on September 27, 2018 at 4:10 PM by Becky Burnside

Now there are two reasons for venture out to southwestern Johnson County on Oct. 27 for some fall fun.

The day's activities include the annual Mildale Farm Fall Fest as well as the new Lanesfield School Fall Open House at the Lanesfield Historic Site. The two sites are located about three miles apart. Both events are being presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and are free. 

"Adding the Lanesfield School Fall Open House on the same day as the Mildale Farm Fall Fest is a great opportunity to show off what JCPRD offers in the southwest region of the county," said JCPRD Facility Rental Coordinator Sarah Vogelsberg. 

"We’re excited to be able to partner with the Fall Fest to give local families the opportunity to step back in time and discover life in our area long ago," added Johnson County Museum Curator of Education Michelle Brewer. "Southwestern Johnson County is rich in history, including the Lanesfield Historic Site. It was once a stop on the Santa Fe Trail, is near the pre-civil war Battle of Bull Creek, and home to a one-room schoolhouse restored to 1904." 

The Mildale Farm Fall Fest is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will give interested parties access to the 158-acre site including the 22-acre rental property as well as to about 136 acres which are actually part of the adjacent 578 acres of the northernmost part of Big Bull Creek Park. Visitors will be directed to park near Mildale Farm’s main barn. 

A number of fall-related activities are being planned for the event. A pumpkin patch will be situated in front of the main barn. Children 12 and under can pick out a pumpkin. Cider and hot cocoa will be provided in the barn. A tractor-drawn hayride will take visitors to a fire circle in the south-central portion of the Mildale site, where they can roast marshmallows and enjoy storytelling and nature walks. Other activities include a petting zoo, and a putting green with kid-sized clubs is available.  Chris Cakes Pancakes will be served during the event.  All activities during this event are free with the exception of feeding the animals at the petting zoo.  If you choose to feed the animals, only cash is accepted. All activities are first come first serve while supplies last.

Catch-and-release fishing in any or all of seven ponds within the 158-acre area will also be offered during Fall Fest. While district fishing permits have been waived for this event, anglers 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license. 

Visitors can also explore and picnic on the grounds. Restrooms will be available, but the property’s two homes and other outbuildings will not be open during this event. The centerpiece of the Mildale Farm property is the high-quality equestrian-style barn, which features peg construction and a hand-laid brick floor. Though designed with an equestrian motif, the barn has never been used for keeping animals is available as a rental location for social functions, including weddings, family gatherings, and other social and business events. Inquiries regarding information or reservations for Mildale Farm should be directed to Sarah Vogelsberg at (913) 826-2957.

Rules for this event will be posted and will be the same as park rules in place on other district properties. Among them: no alcohol is allowed, pets must be on-leash, and vehicles must remain on roadways. Park police will be on hand to enforce these as well as the catch-and-release fishing provision.

Mildale Farm is located at 35250 W. 199th St., Edgerton. From the north, take Interstate 35 south to Homestead Lane. Proceed north on Homestead Lane. Turn left onto 199th Street and proceed west 1.6 miles. Mildale Farm will be on the right.  From the south, take Interstate 35 north to Sunflower Road and proceed north of Sunflower Road 0.7 miles. Turn left onto to 207th St., and proceed west for 0.1 miles. Turn right onto 8th St. (Edgerton Road) and proceed north 1 mile. Turn right onto 56 Highway and proceed east 1 mile. Turn right onto 199th St. Mildale Farm will be on the left. 

During the new Lanesfield School Fall Open House event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants of all ages can celebrate autumn like in days long past. Experience life as a student in a  1904 one-room schoolhouse, dance along with the 1855 Missouri Town Dancers, and see how this area’s Civil War soldiers lived by watching demonstrations from the Kansas City Irish Brigade! It’s the perfect place for old-fashioned, interactive family fun. Enjoy a fall treat with kettle corn available for purchase.  

In the schoolhouse, you can meet our costumed teacher and work on your penmanship or spelling. In the yard, get ready for a sack race, stickball game, period music and dance performances, and Civil War rifle demonstrations! Also, stop by our exhibit in the visitor center to learn about Lanesfield and life for teachers and children in Johnson County. 

Lanesfield Historic Site is located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton, which is about three miles from Mildale Farm via Us Highway 56 to 191st St. to Dillie Road. The Lanesfield site is home to a one-room limestone schoolhouse, visitor center with exhibit, and grounds with interpretive panels featuring the history of the site. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988.