Updated: Nov 8, 2021
Trading Post, the oldest settlement in Kansas, will be brought back to life this Saturday, Nov. 6, during the Trading Post Museum’s annual fall festival. The events at the museum, which is just off U.S. 69 Highway at the north Kansas Highway 52 exit, run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are open to the public.
With clear warmer weather expected, museum curator Jessica Cox said the scenery around the museum should be beautiful. To the north of the museum, the trees on Timber Mound are hitting their peak color, and on nearby Bald Mound (which is now forest) the leaves are beautiful as well.
On Saturday all of the buildings will come to life, with members of the Trading Post Historical Society and community members showing visitors how life was in the 1800s.
The school marm will be back in the one-room schoolhouse, and adults and children alike can get a taste of 19th century rural education. Out in the barn, Cody and Barrett Cox will be demonstrating tools and implements of yesteryear.
LIve music, including performances by Larry Lintner and Lyle Jackson, will be played throughout much of the day. Guides will offer museum tours, volunteers will churn fresh butter and a blacksmith will demonstrate the tools of his trade.
And a representative from the adjacent Marais des Cygne National Wildlife Refuge will be on hand to talk about the operations there.
A free-will donation will get the family apple cider and donuts, and toward noon soup and chili lunch will be served along with homemade pie, a festival favorite. Funds raised from the lunch will help cover winter operating expenses.
Cox said the fall event has been held annually since the museum opened in 1976. The festival also signals the end of regular museum hours for the winter until next April when it will open with regular hours again. Until then, people may visit the museum by appointment only.