Reno County., KS, USA - Melisa Skinner

This outing was the first totally planned by me. I had no input from anyone on this one. So my very first stop of the day happened to be on the border of two counties. Where the actual place was in one county but the town associated with its address is in another county. I looked up which county the town was in and planned my day accordingly. While traveling, I passed a county sign on the highway and immediately got a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. When I arrived I asked what county we were in and what do you know, it was the “wrong” county. So I had to think on the fly what else to do in the county I was in. I believe I was quite successful. I hope you will too.

Gertie's Lavender Farm and Lavender Festival

Gertie’s Lavender Farm is owned and operated by Frank and Pamela Seck. They named the farm after their show hen, named Gertie. The farm has been in operation since 2015. They have seven different varieties of lavender. The 2018 festival was their second annual. They had craft vendors, food (including lavender ice cream) and entertainment. I took photos of one of the entertainments.

Gertie's Lavender Farm - Lavender Festival
Gertie's Lavender Farm - Lavender Festival

One of the lavender varieties that the farm has is good for culinary purposes, Provence. Provence lavender is part of the Lavandula family. In Latin lavender means “to wash”.

Gertie's Lavender Farm - Lavender Festival

One of the entertainments at the festival, was bubbles. I was standing about 10 feet away and due to the wind that day the bubbles came straight at me. Needless to say I had to clean my lens and my glasses.

Gertie's Lavender Farm - Lavender Festival

Address: 8101 S. Rayl Road, Burrton, KS 67020.  GPS coordinates: 37.9605, -97.7402

Haven, KS

Haven was established in 1886 and incorporated in 1901 with its first post office being built in 1873. The people of Haven are of mostly German descent. The area of the town is a mere .55 square miles. Its population is approximately 1,175 souls. At the time of the 2000 census, there were more women than men.

Haven, KS
Haven, KS

For a small town there is a small library in the business district. The street was lined with American flags.

Haven, KS
Haven, KS

GPS coordinates: 37.8989, -97.782827

Yoder, KS

Just down the road from Haven is Yoder. Yoder is a predominately Amish settlement. It was founded in the late 1800s by Eli M. Yoder whose father was an Amish bishop back East, in Maryland. Yoder is the largest Amish settlement in Kansas. It has an Amish heritage day every year, which includes a buggy race.

Historic Yoder, KS

While visiting Yoder, I noticed a sign for buggy rides. I had to wait a bit for the buggy to arrive back in the square as it was out with a group. The name of this enterprise is Petrsheim Carriage Rides. I was the lone rider, I got a history of the town on the mile out and back ride. Mr. Petrsheim was very nice and informative.

Pertsheim Carriage Rides - Yoder, KS
Pertsheim Carriage Rides - Yoder, KS

GPS coordinates: 37.94029, -97.868385


Make a day of it and go see all of these places.


Until next time,


Melisa


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