Historic Geary County
The foundation of America's history can be found in Geary County. From early settlers to the modern military, you will discover why some say Geary County puts the "story" in Kansas History.
We'll begin with a historic driving tour of Fort Riley, established in 1852 and the current home of the 1st Infantry Division, better known as the Big Red One. After the driving tour, we'll stop at the U.S. Cavalry and 1st Infantry Division Museums and take an easy stroll to the Custer House, and see how General George Armstrong Custer lived..
We'll head back to Junction City for lunch. We'll stop next at the Geary County Historical Museum and Starke House. Galleries in the museum feature a one-room school house, train depot, main street and grandma's kitchen. at the Starke House, you will step back in time to the 1930's,.
Board the bus and head to the Spring Valley Heritage Site. We'll take a stroll through a one room log cabin, see how the classroom looked in an old school house, and see the 1st Lutheran Parish in Kansas,better known as Wetzel's Log Cabin.
We'll start with a guided tour of Heritage Park. This park features a beautiful Civil War Arch, the State of Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Desert Storm Memorial and a Law Enforcement Memorial.
Our next stop will be the C.L. Hoover Opera House
. Recently renovated, the building was originally built in 1882 and is known as the ''Jewel on the Prairie." Live theater and the performing arts are again gracing the stage here.
We'll next travel to Buffalo Soldier Park. A stunning statue of a Buffalo Soldier with his horse greets visitors. Informational plaques surround the statue. You'll learn some interesting facts about the Buffalo Soldiers and this historical site.
Finally, we'll head to the farm to get some fresh ice cream at Hildebrand Farms Dairy before you retire for the evening or depart to your next destination