In February 1866, the Mahaffie House hosted a grand gala in honor of George Washington's birthday and Olathe citizens enjoyed the opportunity to visit the fine, newly constructed stone farmhouse east of town. In the spirit of this same event, the Mahaffie Foundation invites you to celebrate 150 years of the Mahaffie House with the Mahaffie Gala! All proceeds go towards the preservation of this Olathe landmark.
5 p.m. Take a stagecoach ride (weather and ground conditions permitting) from the Heritage Center to the Mahaffie House. You may meet James 'Beatty' Mahaffie, his wife Lucinda and the honorable Governor Samuel J. Crawford, Governor of Kansas in 1866. Enjoy samples of Washington's Cake and listen to live 19th Century Music
6 p.m. Enjoy a five course sit down dinner inspired by 19th Century cuisine. Enjoy buffalo, turkey, seasonal vegetables and dessert inside the Heritage Center. Honored guests include James and Lucinda Mahaffie and Governor Crawford.
7 p.m. Enjoy an exclusive 19th Century Fireworks display honoring George Washington.
After the fireworks, enjoy 19th Century social dancing with live music and a caller who instructs attendees. No prior dancing experience needed!
Tickets limited to 150 guests and must be purchased by February 10th. Tables of eight and sponsorships available. Cost includes all festivities.
To purchase tickets over the phone or inquire about sponsorships, please call 913-971-5111.
Special thanks to our Table Sponsors: ABC Supply Inc., Olathe City Council, Olathe Historical Society, Olathe Parks and Recreation Foundation.
Enjoy pancakes with President George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Admission includes one picture with the presidents and admission to Winter on the Farm. Admission is $8/person ages 3 & up. Children under 3 are welcome but there is no cost for them to attend.
Two sessions available: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost is $5/student, ages 5 & up, accompanying adults are free. Stagecoach rides will be offered, weather and ground conditions permitting. If adults would like to ride the stagecoach, cost is $2/adults for stagecoach ride.
1860s Spring farming activities may be offered such as planting, gardening, blacksmith and cookstove demonstrations.
Home School Families are invited to enjoy them on their own pace.
Registration required. If you pay when you register, your family is on the fast track to the activities on the historic Mahaffie grounds. Payment is available the day of your program.