The story of Pioneer Bluffs began in 1859 when Charles Rogler, a young Austrian immigrant, walked from Iowa to build a new life in Kansas. Charles’ son, Henry, and in turn a grandson, Wayne, later took the reins, making the farm/ranch operation one of the most well- respected in the region.
Today, Pioneer Bluffs is a nonprofit organization that carries on the Rogler legacy of respecting the land, preserving history, and engaging community with today’s pioneers.With a classic early 1900s farm house, barns, and distinctive mile-long limestone fence, Pioneer Bluffs is a National Register Historic District.
At Pioneer Bluffs, you’ll step into a classic family farmstead setting and discover an incredible repository of natural beauty and Kansas farming and ranching heritage.
Located in the heart of the Flint Hills, Pioneer Bluffs has become a respected heritage education center. Visitors arrive from down the road, across the world, and points in between to engage in a variety of activities, including:
- The Prairie Talk series, offering community discussions on history, farming and ranching, ecology, family heritage, and sustainability.
- Grandma’s garden, flowers and plants that Grandma may have grown.
- The Fall Festival, held annually on the first Saturday in October is a celebration of community and local food. The day includes family activities, antique tractor and car shows, petting zoo, home-grown food and hog roast, history demonstrations, and live music.
- Now and Then community events from yesterday and today.
- A Day on the Prairie, giving children a chance to experience and learn from prairie heritage while exploring the creek and historic barn.
- Volunteer workdays, held the first Saturday of every month, bringing together dozens of Pioneer Bluffs volunteers who work to preserve this historic site.