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Grating, Grinding and Shaving: Antique Kitchen Gadgets

Officer's Quarters, Fort Hays

Guided tour—Fort Hays State Historic Site, Hays

Admission and transportation subsidies are available to schools in twenty-six northwest Kansas counties for this tour.


What would you do without your frozen food, microwave, and electric stove? Probably exactly what the Victorian housewife did-prepare your meals from scratch! But even in the 1800s, women had a collection of gadgets and tools designed to save time and effort. Get an up-close look at how these wondrous inventions worked in this primarily hands-on program.

Cost per student is $6.  One adult enters free for every 10 students.  Additional adults pay $5.

Length of tour: approximately 1 hour.

Number of students in a group: For the best experience, we recommend no more than 30.

Registration and scheduling: Contact Site administrator, 785-625-6812; email Fort Hays at kshs.forthays@ks.gov. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Other guided tours at Fort Hays: