Explore hands-on history in 19th-century Kansas

Sophisticated, suburban Olathe, Kan., may seem like the last place to find a  sanctuary for 19th-century living history, but look again. Tucked into miles of metropolis is the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site – purchased by the city to preserve its original character as a thriving 1850s family farm and stagecoach stop. The only stop along the Santa Fe Trail that’s preserved and open to the public, the grounds offer many opportunities for exploring the lives of early farm families, pioneers, soldiers and stagecoach travelers.