When traveling to Florence to visit the Doyle Creek Mercantile, we encourage you to make it a glorious day or weekend by adding these special daytrips to your itinerary:
Down at the bottom of a very steep hill you'll find Main Street of Florence, Kansas, and at 234 Marion St. stands the old, but historic Harvey House Hotel . Fred Harvey opened one of his fine restaurants here in 1876 to provide elegant meals to Santa Fe passengers. Even more notable, right here in Florence, it became the first Harvey House with sleeping accommodations.
One third of the original structure has been preserved as a museum by the Florence Historical Society. Visitors may view a "Harvey Girl" mannequin dressed in uniform, place settings, and several Fred Harvey items. A 1929 caboose, the first year metal cabooses were introduced is the latest addition to the Society's collection. Admission is free, but donations welcomed. Call ahead for further information at (316) 878-4296. Tours may be arranged by appointment.
Harvey meals are served by reservation by ‘Harvey Girls’ along with the famous ‘cup code.’ In addition, a brief history of Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls is given to take you back into time.
The preserve protects a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass ecosystem. Of the 400,000 square miles of tallgrass prairie that once covered the North American Continent, less than 4 percent remains, primarily in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
The Flint Hills is a place where you can still wander and explore magnificent grassland prairies, unchanged since the days of the Santa Fe Trail. Where the sky bends to meet the earth, and summer breezes blow across a sea of tallgrass and prairie wildflowers.
Leave the 20th century behind and hop on an authentic Conestoga wagon for a western adventure you won't soon forget. Take the scenic route in search of historic forts and presidential treasures. Stop along the way to sample young vintages at a Kansas winery. And, if the spirit moves you, raise your arms, free your feet and dance across the open prairie. It's a place where the West is still wild. Where less is definitely more. So saddle up and hit the trail.
Marion County Park and Lake is a favorite spot for fishermen, as they come from far and near to use the heated dock, where record-breaking fish have been caught. And they do catch 'em! Located near the dam, the heated dock provides 24-hour and year round fishing, inside or outside, with a water depth between 19 and 25 feet.
The lake has 150 surface acres of water, with the deepest being in front of the dam, at a depth of 37 feet. Average depth is 20 feet. There are five coves with water depth offive to 25 feet. Very clear water in the lake is a result of it being spring fed. There are many brush piles for fish habitat. About 90 percent of the shoreline is rock or gravel and easily accessible.
This is the oldest working courthouse west of the Mississippi.
The Morgan House is a two story Queen Anne Cottage built by W.H. Morgan, first editor of the Peabody Gazette, for his family in 1881.
The original newspaper office was north of the Morgan house in Peabody, and it extended to the street. The Morgan house was connected to the office by a hallway. The downstairs front room with the bay window served as the research library for the newspaper. An identical room on the second floor was the family parlor.
The house has been fully restored and furnished as a home of the 1880s. Morgan family members have provided photos and documentation. Gourmet meals are served by reservation using fine china, silver and linens donated by the community. Authentic foods of the era and costumed servers make a memorable dining experience.