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Experience a Barn Tour at BarnFest 2013

Save the date:  8th Annual BarnFest October 4&5, 2013.

One of the highlights for Kansas Barn Alliance members is the time we spend together at BarnFest.  This will be the 8th year that we have gathered to share barn stories, learn about ways to save our agri-landmarks and tour some pretty amazing barns that are located in Kansas.


Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum

mennonite_logo.jpgThe museum was dedicated in 1974 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Mennonites who in 1874 migrated from Russia to what is now the Goessel area.  It is a tribute to these people, who brought with them precious kernels of Turkey Red wheat, and to others who helped make Kansas the breadbasket of the world.
The museum complex includes eight buildings which visitors may visit on a self-guided tour.  The Immigrant House and Turkey Red Wheat Palace were built on site.  The other six structures , five of which are move than 100 years old, were moved from various places in the area to the museum grounds for preservation and restoration.

For more information please visit the museum website


Marion County Park and Lake

Marion County LakeMarion County Park and Lake offers a quiet change of pace to visiting families. The lake was built in 1935-1940 as a civilian Conservation Corps project after Marion County residents approved a bond election to purchase the 300-acre site. Located southeast of Marion (north of Florence on US77), the lake covers about 153 acres, with depths ranging to 40 feet. Marion County owns and operates everything within the four-mile blacktop road circling the lake. The park and lake are surrounded by privately-owned farms and residences.

The superintendent's office is at the west end of the lake above the public boat dock. All activities are governed by Kansas laws and county regulations. Visitors are expected to behave in a safe and courteous manner. The lake is patrolled by the Marion County Sheriff's Department and County Lake Patrol.

For those times when the summer sunshine burns like an oven, the county lake offers a beach are for swimming. You may want to bring along a picnic basket loaded with all the favorite fixings because picnic tables are plentiful.

A shower and rest-room facility was added in the late 1990's for greater camper convenience. No longer do you have to go home bathed only in lake water. The addition make camping more comfortable.

For fishermen who don't know the meaning of quit, the county lake offers continuous opportunity for angling pleasure.

We have a heated dock that is open 24 hours a day so that those who live to fish can do so whenever they want.

To enjoy vacation time at the lake, stop by the Lake Office to purchase licenses for fishing and permits for camping.

Most people would consider the Marion County Park & Lake a great place for a family vacation. "Quiet hours" or curfew, is in effect between 11 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., which contributes to a more restful environment.

Most of the numerous campsites have picnic tables and fire rings, some with electrical and water hookups. Toilets are located throughout the park, and a modern shower/restroom facility is also available for greater camper convenience. A dump station is available.

Two shelter houses with picnic tables and fireplaces/grills may be reserved. The lake hall, an air-conditioned metal building with toilets and kitchen is available to groups from April through October. A swimming beach is located near the lake hall, as is a playground.

Species available include walleye, saugeye, crappie, white bass, largemouth bass, spotted bass (state record), wipers, sunfish, bluegill, channel and flathead catfish, and drum. A 24-hour heated fishing dock operates year round just east of the dam, providing inside and outside fishing. Boat ramps and a public dock are available. Non-county residents are limited to operating boats at speeds that do not exceed 10 miles an hour. Scuba diving is allowed in certain areas.

All hunting (except bow fishing) is prohibited. Hiking is allowed throughout the park. A variety of waterfowl may be seen, including geese, herons and ducks.

State and county licenses, food, fuel, bait, tackle and camping supplies are available at the Marion County Lake Office, and also in the Marion County communities.

For more information website, call 620 382-3240, Marion, Kansas 66861


Burns Farmer's Market

Burns Farmer's Market

Burns' Farmer's Market starts in June and continues every Friday evening all through the summer. It is held in Corner Park at the main intersection in Burns. There will also be acoustical music at the gazebo and all the downtown shops will be open!


Santa Fe Trail Marker

Santa Fe Trail Marker

This marker near Durham is located by wagon wheel ruts that still remain from travellers using the Santa Fe Trail that stretched from Old Franklin, Missouri, through Kansas and Colorado, to end in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is another location in Marion County on the National Register of Historic Places.


Amelia Park Bridge

Located 1/2 mi. West of US 77 on County Rd. 260th. Approximately 1 mi. NE of Antelope, the Amelia Park Bridge is a closed spandrel reinforced concrete arch bridge located on a rural road near Antelope in Marion County. It was built for the county in 1914 by Topeka Bridge and Iron Company and spans Clear Creek.


Marion Reservoir

Marion reservoirCovering more than 12,000 acres, Marion Reservoir offers some of the areas finest fishing and camping. With 140 camp sites, 10 boat ramps, walking trails and Hillsboro and Marion close by for an evening back in "civilization", you couldn't ask for more!

Marion Reservoir has 6200 acres of water for fishing and 3850 acres of land for hunting. Many anglkers also enjoy boating up the Cottonwood River, which feeds into Marion Reservoir, for catfish and bass.


Marion County Lake

Marion County Lake

If you enjoy the outdoor life - fishing, boating, camping and all the rest - and you like a tranquil, manageable setting in which to enjoy it, then the Marion County Park & Lake is the place to visit. Marion County Lake and Park is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Be sure to visit the Marion County Park and Lake web site!


Peabody Printing Museum

printing museumThe Peabody Printing Museum is a collection of hot type equipment dating from 1870 - 1920. Not only is this Museum an attraction for those visiting Peabody, it also serves as a memorial to the thousands of "ink-stained wretches" who worked in or operated newspapers and print shops in Kansas and the rest of America. Since the 1960s, printing has undergone a huge upheaval, and the equipment and methods of the "letterpress" or "hot type" printing have virtually disappeared in commercial printing and publishing companies. The Peabody Printing Museum hopes to preserve a bit of this great printing history which dates back to the 15th century. The invention of the moveable type by Gutenberg, climaxed with the invention of the Linotype by Merganthaler little more than a century ago virtually disappeared in a period of less than a quarter of a century. Call 620-983-2174 or email Shane Marler.


Morgan House

Morgan HouseThe Morgan House is a two story Queen Anne Cottage built by W.H. Morgan, first editor of the Peabody Gazette, for his family in 1881. W.H. Morgan, pioneer newspaper publisher was born in Ohio in 1840. The family soon emigrated "westward to California in search of health and fortune". The father ran a successful hotel business but felt "the city government of San Francisco was controlled by thieves and gamblers and crime was so general that the family concluded to return to the States". W H. Morgan eventually moved to Peabody in 1880, where he began and published the Gazette for 27 years before he sold out to his son in 1907. Call 620-983-2174 or email Shane Marler.


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