Arched roof cellars, unique to the Flint Hills, have piqued an interest that continues to be strong.
Spring 2018 Schedule
Saturday | March 24
Sunday | March 25
Saturday | April 7 | SOLD OUT
Sunday | April 8
Saturday | April 21 | SOLD OUT
Sunday | April 22 | SOLD OUT
Saturday | May 5
Sunday | May 6
Tour $22.50 | Box lunch $12
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 have been offered every Fall and Spring since.
We are fortunate to have Rob Meseke as our guide. 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. You will truly enjoy the afternoon.
The Cellar Tour will begin at 1:00pm from The Volland Store.
The Gallery will open at noon, and we encourage you to arrive early 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 cellars, you will hear about their unique history. You are welcome to bring a flashlight for better viewing in the caves.
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.
The reality of Spring in the Flint Hills is that ticks are in season.
To avoid exposure as much as possible, wear long pants, long sleeves, socks with your walking shoes, and a hat! Spray the outside of your clothing with bug spray -around your waist, ankles and wrists. Wait to spray until just before you board the bus.
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.
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.
Ticket Sales benefit free community programming at The Volland Store.