Fall Schedule Announced!
Arched roof cellars, unique to the Flint Hills, have piqued an interest that continues to be strong.
Although the cellar tours are sold out, we are keeping a waiting list and will schedule an additional cellar tour based on demand.
Please email us here if you would like to be added to the list. Thank you for your interest!
Seats are available for Cemetery Tours, October 28 and 29
Fall 2017 Schedule
Although the cellar tours are full, there are reservations available for the cemetery tours.
Saturday | September 16 COMPLETED
Sunday | September 17 COMPLETED
Saturday | September 30 SOLD OUT
Sunday | October 1 SOLD OUT
Saturday | October 14 SOLD OUT
Sunday | October 15 SOLD OUT
NEW: Cemetery Tours
Saturday | October 28 SEATS AVAILABLE
Sunday | October 29 SEATS AVAILABLE
(Box lunches available by reservation)
Stone Arched Cellar Tours 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 were added in the Fall of 2016 and the Spring of 2017.
We are fortunate to have Rob Meseke and Tom Parish as our guides this Fall.
Rob’s knowledge of local history has been passed down from previous generations of his family. His intimate knowledge of the surrounding landscape enables him to select additional stops that will enrich your experience. The Fall tours will explore locations around Volland and Alma, and all tours will begin and end at The Volland Store.
Tom has photographed more than 200 arched-roof cellars in the Flint Hills. During his research about the location and history of the cellars, he learned that there are a few examples in other parts of the country, but there is a significant concentration of arched-roof cellars in five counties of the Flint Hills. Tom continues to discover and document new cellars, and his particular perspective is an interesting addition to the guided tours. Read more about his project at flinthillshelters.com.
NEW THIS SEASON!
Just in time for Halloween, and a few days ahead of Day of the Dead, The Volland Store is offering a Cemetery Tour of several small, interesting rural cemeteries in the area. Each has its own personality and history and offers a look into the past. This tour is a result of interest by previous tour participants and of particular interest to our guide Rob Meseke.
As a convenience for tour participants, box lunches will be available prior to the tour, by reservation. Seating is in the blacksmith shop – or in lovely autumn weather, on picnic tables outside.
Tours start at 1:00pm – Participants will be bussed to the tour stops. The tour will last around four hours, and we will have you back to your vehicle by approximately 5 pm.
Wear good walking shoes and be prepared for uneven ground. Dress appropriately for the weather. Please watch our Facebook page or thevollandstore.com for weather cancellations and updates.
We look forward to seeing you!
Refund policy: 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 – The Volland Store
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