Pictured above is the Lansdowne family stone house, originally built at the turn of the 19th century southwest of Parsons. The property was acquired by the city as an historical home, and interested citizens came together to establish a Farm History Project fund at the Foundation. Beginning in 2003, the house was literally moved stone by stone and reassembled at Tolen Creek, to be viewed as people enjoy the walking trails there, and at special events hosted by the Farm History Center of Southeast Kansas.
The mission of the Farm History Center is to document, preserve, and demonstrate our rural Southeast Kansas farm history and practices, and this project was just the first of many proposed by the Farm History board. For more information, please contact Chuck Spellman at 620-421-5404 or Dan Peterson at 620-784-5646.