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Mitchell Farmstead/Mt. Mitchell Heritage Prairie Preserve Celebration • Wabaunsee County

Saturday, Jun 7th, 2014 @ 9am-12pm
29377 Mitchell Prairie Lane • Wamego, KS • Map

The Mt. Mitchell Prairie Guards will celebrate their annual open house at the Mitchell Farmstead and the Mt. Mitchell Heritage Prairie Preserve on Saturday, June 7th from 9 am until noon at the farm, 29213 Mt. Mitchell Rd. Wamego and at the preserve, 29377 Mitchell Prairie Lane, Wamego.
Beginning at 9 a.m., docents from the Kansas Native Plant Society and Konza Prairie will be at Mt. Mitchell to identify wildflowers and plants for visitors. Nesting grassland birds can also be observed. Impressive views of the Kaw river Valley can be enjoyed from the preserve’s summit.
The Missouri Valley Impressionists Society will again hold a “paintout” encouraging artists to come for the day to paint plein air, the practice of painting out doors on location. Maude J. Mitchell, Captain Mitchell’s daughter, painted many local scenes using this technique.
The public will be able to view the log cabin that William Mitchell built in 1856, which soon after was used to hide escaping slaves seeking their freedom in Canada. The home has been recognized by the National Park Service Network to Freedom program as a documented Underground Railroad site of national significance.
The Mt. Mitchell Heritage Prairie Preserve is also a Network to Freedom site, as well as a Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area Star Attraction. The public is invited to explore Mt. Mitchell and its trails, including a path to the ruts of the Topeka-Ft. Riley Road, which was the local route of the Underground Railroad. Visitors can now stand in the very “tracks” of this important trail. The park is open from sunrise to sunset year-round. It is owned by Audubon of Kansas and managed by the Mt. Mitchell Prairie Guards. For more information visit:

Contact: Michael Stubbs 785-256-6228

Sponsor: Mt. Mitchell Prairie Guards

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