Built by Abraham and Mary Rawlinson in 1860-61, this stone home was the last house freighters passed going west when leaving Council Grove as late as 1863. From their home on the edge of the frontier, the Rawlinsons witnessed long trains of freight wagons loaded with goods, heading to or from Santa Fe. This home was a welcome sight to the freighters, as it signaled their return to civilization. The property was purchased by William Riley Terwilliger in 1870, who added the south wing by 1873. The Terwilliger family came to Morris County in 1859. William Riley Terwilliger was at times a farmer, stock man, freighter, and owner of a livery stable. The Rawlinson-Terwilliger Home is the oldest stone home and the second oldest home remaining alongside the Santa Fe Trail.
The Trail Days Historic Site is found along the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This unique byway offers incredible views of the native grasses and flowers of the tallgrass prairie - one of the last remaining such landscapes left in the world. Much of the land along the Byway looks as it did thousands of years ago when the Kaw, Osage and other native tribes lived here. You will also find towns filled with charming shops, restaurants, artwork, and antiques. Take a look at the other sights you can see along the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway here.
This spot is located in the Flint Hills Designated Scenic Region. Soaring and diving from hilltop to valley along one of the quiet country highways through the Flint Hills will quickly challenge your notions of prairie. Flat? Not here. Empty? Not if you look closely. The continent's largest remaining tract of tallgrass is also one of America's unique places, harboring a wealth of adventure, beauty, and history. The region's sweeping horizons and carpets of wildflowers captivate artists and enchant visitors. Learn more here.