The story of Pioneer Bluffs begins in 1859 when Charles Rogler, a young immigrant, walked from Iowa to Kansas, in search of a new life with new opportunities. Charles’ son, Henry, and in turn a grandson, Wayne, took the reins, making the farm/ranch operation one of the most well-respected in the region.
Today, Pioneer Bluffs is a nonprofit organization, carrying on the Rogler legacy of respecting the land, preserving history, and engaging community. At this beautiful place, with classic early 1900s farm house, barns, and distinctive mile-long limestone fence, we have a story to share that is as big as the outdoors and nearly as old as the Flint Hills themselves.
- Hear the story of Pioneer Bluffs and the compelling Rogler family heritage!
- See the video of yesterday and today, with hundreds of historic photos set to music by the Tallgrass Express!
- Be comfortable in the climate-controlled, accessible, newly renovated 1916 Granary!
- Enjoy coffee, tea, and homemade cookies!
- Take home a piece of history with a special gift for each visitor!
- Explore the historic buildings of Pioneer Bluffs Historic District, on the National Register of Historic Places!
- View amazing contemporary art in an historic 1908 home! Wander the community garden!
- Photo ops abound!
Cost for this group tour: $5 per person, 20 person minimum, 2 free per group (inquire about groups less than 20)
Allow one to two hours for this one-of-a-kind experience.
Enhance Your Pioneer Bluffs Experience—Add A Themed One-Hour Program:
- Experience the Flint Hills. a step-on guide will take you through the open range of the beautiful Flint Hills, telling tales of the land of grass, limestone, fire, and grazing animals. $200 per group.
- Get Down and Dirty in the community garden at Pioneer Bluffs. An experienced gardener/beekeeper will show our bee hives and discuss the fascinating life cycle of the honey bee. You’ll learn why bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat! Then you can get down and dirty in the garden—planting, harvesting, pruning, even pulling a weed. We’ll provide the gloves for this hands-on garden experience, and everyone takes home their own jar of local honey! $150 per group.
- Experience Art. A seasoned art curator from The Netherlands will lead a discussion on how to look at landscape with a new eye. Participants will be encouraged to create their own artistic message to add to our message wall. $100 per group.
- Historic Performance. We have a group of historic performers who will make your trip unforgettable. Ask for our list – and meet Calamity Jane, Amelia Earhart, quilter Rose Kretsinger and others at your Pioneer Bluffs destination. (see performance list for cost)
- A home-cooked lunch, made from scratch, locally-grown food. Box lunch also available. Inquire about current menu. $12 per person.
- Annual Fall Festival and Hog Roast. Held the first Saturday of every October, join us for a celebration of community and local food, featuring music from area bands, arts and crafts fair, car show, demonstrations, activities for the young and young-at-heart.
Along the Same Route—On Kansas Highway 177:
- Flint Hills Discovery Center, Manhattan: www.flinthillsdiscovery.org
- Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Strong City: www.nps.gov/tapr
- Historic Cottonwood Falls, www.chasecountychamber.org
- Historic Council Grove, www.councilgrove.com