Duane Busenitz of Towanda will give a presentation
The Frederic Remington Area Historical Society will host a special program at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at Centre Point Church, 212 S. Main in Whitewater.
Duane Busenitz of Towanda will give a presentation The Past, Present, and Future of the Whitewater Falls Stock Farm Barn.
The farm was initiated by James William Robison, who was born in Scotland and became a Kansas farmer; he also involved himself in state government. Together with his sons, Robison purchased, and with time, farmed 17,000 acres in central Kansas. He built a great central barn at 433 NW Falls Road, Towanda. The barn was dedication on June 5, 1909. Two thousand invited guests were transported by special trains from nearby towns and cities and made merry at the largest barn dance ever held in Kansas.
By 1911, the Whitewater Falls Stock Farm was the largest Percheron horse farm in the United States. Percheron and mules were sold annually at special sales events at the farm. Now, after decades of neglect and decay, the barn is currently being restored by the present owners, Duane and Amanda Busenitz. Presentation co-sponsored by the Friends of the Whitewater Memorial Library.