Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Old Barn Museum

Linn Valley Lakes, Kansas     High 85 Low 61

While it was a nice warm day and we went to visit a museum, when we got back it started to cloud up and finally it rained. Boy did it rain! We couldn’t see out of the windows on one side of our trailer. Then after about 45 minutes, the sun came back out.

Last night we got to see a turtle by our camper. This morning we saw a Cardinal but it left too soon to get a picture.

We decided to drive to the Legler Barn Museum in Lenexa by Kansas City. The stone barn was built by Adam Legler in 1864. In 1983 it was reconstructed at its present location. There are three stories of which we got to see 2 floors.

The main floor talks some about Lenexa being the spinach capital of the world. One of the signs told how that distinction came about by accident.
Inside this display was also a lot of information about Popeye, the sailor man.
We picked today to visit because the Lenexa Quilt Group was there sewing quilts like they were done before any were machine quilted. The ladies told me that the quilt they were working on had taken about 2 years to hand sew. Then it takes many hours to hand quilt it. They told me it was a regular size quilt. It looked like they were very meticulous about their sewing.

There was a display about a replica quilt of Susan B Anthony’s first quilt which she made when she was 15 years old. The original is too fragile to display any longer so replicas were made by the ladies for showing in Rochester, New York. The second one was quilted by the group we watched in Kansas.

 Old bedroom and living room.
For us it was an interesting museum. There is also an old train station, which the lady at the entrance told me cost the owners $1.00 per year to stay where it is as long as there is a section of track with it. There is an old train car on the tracks beside the station, but both were locked and we didn’t get to see inside.

Thanks for visiting.


  1. What a fun visit and lots to see, after checking out the 214 quilts and the Mennonite relief sale auction. and most were hand quilted, amazing the hots yay go into these masterpieces, some selling for many thousand dollars.

  2. When it rains, it POURS in Kansas. We had the same experience, but in 20 minutes, it's usually all gone. Scary for me and my puppies!!