Fall Tours 2019
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James Cook, Gun Barrel Hill Stone Work Photo, courtesy of The Volland Store
Volland Store Tours
This Fall, each tour will visit both arched-roof stone cellars and historic barns,
led by tour guides Rob Meseke and Kyle Murray.
Saturday, September 7 (cellars and barns)
Sunday, September 8 (cellars and barns)
Saturday, September 21 (cellars and barns)
Sunday, September 22 (cellars and barns)
Saturday, October 5 (cellars and barns)
Special lunch event available at 12:15 for tour guests: community potluck with Wabaunsee County “Stars”of Tallgrass Tales (reserve your lunch; no need to bring a dish)
Sunday, October 6 (cellars and barns)
Special lunch event available at 12:15 for tour guests with Artist Zhang Hongtu and Jim Richardson, residents of Prairie Studies Institute, with Curator of Hungry Heartland, Shreepad Joglekar, prior to their presentation at 2 pm at The Volland Store.
Make a reservation and join the luncheon!
Saturday, October 19 (cellars and barns) SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 2 (cellars and barns) SOLD OUT
Sunday, November 3 (cellars and barns)
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sign up here for a waiting list for an additional tour based on demand; date to be announced
Arched roof cellars, unique to the Flint Hills, have piqued an interest that continues to be strong.
Tours of these cellars were first offered by The Volland Store in the Spring of 2016 as a response to the Store’s art exhibit “The Spirit of Place: Rooted in the Flint Hills” by Tom Parish. Tours of arched cellars in Wabaunsee County in the Spring of 2016 quickly sold out, and additional tours have been offered every Fall and Spring since.
In the working landscape of the Flint Hills, many structures have fallen into disrepair, but there are stunning barns and outbuildings with fascinating stories to tell.
Through the years, as guests traveled down country roads from cellar to cellar, they noticed the barns, the sheds, and the other outbuildings that dotted the landscape. They asked questions about them and suggested a barn tour. In the Spring of 2019, we offered Barn Tours for the first time, and they were an immediate hit!
This Fall, we are combining both cellars and barns into one tour. Please note that the tours on October 5 and 6 will visit mostly cellars.
A tour of historic arched-roof cellars and Flint Hills barns
$26.50 per person
Buffet Lunch $12.50 by reservation | 12:30 pm
Please make your lunch reservation by the Thursday prior to your tour
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Lunch is served at 12:00 pm. The Tours begin at 1:00pm from The Volland Store.
The Gallery opens at noon, and we encourage you to arrive by 12:30 (unless you are having lunch, then arrive at noon) to enjoy the current art exhibit and check-in with your Tour Guide
If you have ordered a lunch, it will be ready at noon – you are welcome to find a seat in the gallery, or at the picnic tables outside and in the Blacksmith Shop. Tea and water are provided with lunch.
Participants will be bussed to the tour stops. The tour will take you on private property. As you visit the sites, you will hear about their unique history. You are welcome to bring a flashlight for better viewing in interior spaces.
Wear good walking shoes and be prepared for uneven ground. Walking sticks are welcome.
Dress appropriately for the weather. Please watch our Facebook page or thevollandstore.com for weather cancellations and updates.
We anticipate the tour to take up to 4 hours. We will have you back to your vehicle by approximately 5 pm.
You are welcome to bring food and drinks on the bus. It is an eventful day and can get quite warm in the afternoon sun. We recommend bringing water to keep hydrated. There will be at least one restroom break during the tour.
You are welcome to take photos (please share them with us on Facebook or through email!)
If the weather blesses us with rain, we will continue the tour. Please watch the forecast and dress appropriately.
We look forward to seeing you!
Directions from Alma:
Take Third Street west past the court house heading out of town. The road turns into Old K-10 Road. Follow it for 8 miles to Volland Road, turn left onto Volland Road. The Volland Store is on your right just past the white houses. Please pull into the driveway and park in the mowed grass beyond the blacksmith shop. Please do not park along the roadway. It needs to remain a clear traffic way.
Directions from other locations at Map and Driving Directions.
If you are unable to keep your reservation, please notify us as soon as possible. Your purchase may be credited to a future tour or you may consider your purchase a donation for free community programming at The Volland Store. We appreciate your interest and support.