Stucky to lead ‘Secrets’ tours around Goessel

Marion County Economic Development, in conjunction with the Goessel Harvest Festival, will offer two bus tours on the theme ?Secrets of Goessel? later this month.

The tours will be led by Brian D. Stucky, local historian, teacher, author and story-teller.

A country tour is planned for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and again 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

The country tour lasts two hours and covers 50 miles, three counties and 27 points of interest, including trail ruts, cemeteries, historic school sites, buffalo pasture, homestead, springs, the birthplace of Bethel College, several trail routes, a crime scene and historic markers

The second tour, in town, will be at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. This 30-minute tour will include early businesses, the birthplace of Goessel, the 1906 tornado, architectural gems, a nationally important football field, the first Mennonite hospital in the Western Hemisphere, ghost sightings and the birthplaces of Goessel, the Western District Conference of the Mennonite Church and Tabor College.

The two-hour country tour will cost $10; the 30-minute town tour will cost $10. Children pay the same fee as adults. Call 620-367-2610 to reserve a seat or e-mail bnstucky@mtelco.net.

The tours will begin at the Mennonite Heritage and Agri?cul?tural Museum located at 200 N. Poplar St., Goessel.

Participants are asked to come 15 minutes early to pay and sign a release form. The tours require a minimum of seven riders. Tour leaders reserve the right to make changes at any time.

All profit from the tours will benefit the Goessel High School Student Council.

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