Just Plain Simple: The One-Room School in Kansas
Visitors to the Lanesfield Historic Site can learn about the history of education in Kansas and Johnson County by touring this exhibit on view in the visitor center. A rural educational system dominated small Kansas communities until the mid-20th century. Learn about the typical school day, the curriculum, and the role most schoolhouses played in the larger community. The lives of teachers and students are also featured in sections about boarding, the school day, and graduation. Visitors may also learn about General James H. Lane, the town’s namesake, the restoration of the Lanesfield School and see artifacts that survived the 1903 fire.
The site also features seven interpretive panels on the grounds between the visitors center and the schoolhouse that tell more about the site and its history. An accompanying audio tour can be found here
The limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Learn more about the school's history. Find details about field trips and education programs at the site.
Adjacent to the Lanesfield Historic Site, on property owned by Kansas City Power & Light, is a large picnic shelter and a short nature trail with an observation tower that visitors can explore.
|Friday & Saturday: 1:00-5:00 p.m. and by appointment. Call 913.715.2570 to schedule|
|FREE Friday and Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Non-public hour appointment tours, $2 per person|
|18745 S Dillie Road, Edgerton, KS 66021 - Map|
about the connection between General and U.S. Senator James H. Lane to the townsite of Lanesfield, listen to 10:45 minutes - Listen Now this podcast created in conjunction with the Kansas Humanities Council and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. Narrated by John Berry with Stephanie Clayton, former site manager of Lanesfield Historic Site, and James Lane biographer Jim Collins.
The Lanesfield podcast was supported by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting humanities programs across Kansas. Find out more at www.kansashumanities.org.