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Mount Mitchell Heritage Prairie


The Mt. Mitchell Heritage Prairie is a 45-acre tallgrass prairie preserve located in the Flint Hills of Kansas. The park was originally part of the Captain William Mitchell farm, which received Network to Freedom site designation in 2002 as a well-documented UGRR station. The prairie is located across the road from the Mitchell Farmstead, which is a private residence. Remnants of the Topeka Fort Riley Road, used by the UGRR, are visible in the park. In 1953 Mitchell's son, William I. Mitchell, gifted the property to the Kansas State Historical Society with the stipulation that it become a park memorializing his father and the Connecticut Kansas Colony, popularly known as the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony. Many of the colonists participated in the UGRR. The historical society erected a monument to Mitchell and the colony but never developed the park. In 2006, a grassroots group, the Mt. Mitchell Prairie Guards facilitated the transfer of ownership to local control and began developing the property into the public park envisioned by W.I. Mitchell. The Mt. Mitchell Prairie Guards are working to make the park the primary educational venue for telling the story of the Kansas UGRR in the area.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 29377 Mitchell Prairie Lane, Wamego, 66547

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Mt. Mitchell Prairie Guards

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: Captain William Mitchell