Vinland is known to some as a “hamlet” or community that is smaller than a village. This rural destination, nestled north of Baldwin, is the home of a charming old structure, known as the Vinland United Methodist Church. Still standing in the same vicinity as its original structure, the church is located just off of county road DG 700.
Midland Junction Farm Store: A Nostalgic Look at an Agricultural Gathering Post
Just north of Lawrence and out into rural Douglas County, the early morning sun casts long shadows across the grain elevators of Midland Junction. Farmers from the countryside begin to congregate inside the historic farm and feed store that stands to the northwest and beside the railway. Inside this quaint and nostalgic locale conversations are accompanied by a free cup of black coffee. Grain prices are scratched on the blackboard that hangs behind the counter and the static filled radio plays the country and western sounds of Hank Williams. Midland Farm and Feed has been a gathering post for farmers and other rural residents living in the northeastern corner of Douglas County for many generations. Today it continues to be a reminder of life as it was generations ago and is a destination for individuals who want to continue to share in that experience.
Liberty Hall: A Cherished Piece of Lawrence Kansas History
Lighting and Technical Manager Rob Fitzgerald continuously works to prepare for the next function scheduled at Liberty Hall at 644 Massachusetts in Lawrence. His efforts assist in bringing, film, live performance, and social gatherings to the historic theater. Fitzgerald acknowledges and shares the community’s appreciation for the building and understands it to be a cherished piece of Lawrence history. Just as it has always been, visitors enjoy the theater’s beauty while utilizing the space for a variety of functions as Fitzgerald acknowledges. “People have always rented the theater from the time of Bowersock on for dances, weddings and parties.”