The Waterville, Kansas Homestead CampUS
6 diverse historic buildings
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- Built in 1871 as the Adams Rooming House for the widow & two youngest children of the Honorable Henry Adams
- Served as the Waterville Hospital and Dr. Thachers' office and a residence for business partner and Nurse, Pearl Folsom
- Now serves as the main Wellness Resource Center continuing the social justice service of the 1890s Settlement House movement in the U.S. It has several rooms available for short stays for donations. It houses the library of wellness resources and a conference meeting room for classes in person or via the web.
- In the future, members of the Wellness Weavers Community Service-Learning system will be able to earn or spend their Time Dollar-Health Bucks at the Settlement House by doing volunteer work within the system.
- "Sister Sue, the 1890s Trained Nurse & Time-Traveler", has an close connection with her friends, Jane Addams, the "Mother of Social Work" & founder of the first U.S. Settlement House, the Hull House in Chicago, Lillian Wald, the "Mother of Public Health and founder of the Henry Street Settlement House in New York City, and Amelia Earhart, who said her "finest work" was at the Denison Settlement House in Boston.
The Commercial Street Victorian House Click the link to tour inside...This house is for sale because the porch and foundations under the porches need work. It needs a new boiler for the baseboard heat, and the new owner can decide if they want to make it function well if the electricity ever goes out. The new owner is eligible to join the Live Well Health and Wellness Cooperative, open their home occasionally or as much as they want to be in the Living History Museum Event system. By choosing that route, they can request help for the renovation work from the qualified Coop members as a way for Coop members to earn Time Credits, save some money on labor, build community, and learn skills as a home owner or friend of the home owner when space is available on a Skilled TEAM so Together Everyone Achieves More!
- Built in 1876, this home once served as the private residence of Dr Franklin Adams, with his dental office located in the front parlor after he married the owner of the house, widow Maggie Parker and became a beloved step-father to Alma Parker Wanamaker and Milton Parker. Maggie was a civic leader and put on many plays at the Opera House. Franklin grew up in the Adams Rooming House that is now the Kansas Street Settlement House. He also owned a furniture business with Dr. Thacher...the same doctor that operated the Waterville Hospital in the former Adams Rooming House. Pictured on the porch are the offspring of Maggie Parker & Dr. Adams' step grand-daughter, Margaret Wanamacher Anderson, the first baby born in the Waterville Hospital...what a woven history!
- This Victorian House has three private bedrooms with baths and a shared kitchen, dining room, porches and parlor.
- It has garden space and an established grape arbor in need of TLC
- It is available to be co-owned with people that share the Wellness Weavers values and want to be part of the Wellness Weavers Whistle Stop living history actors.
- Until we have the co-owners, it is available for individual or small group retreats, short stays, and events. Sorry, it is not a Bed and Breakfast.
- Originally the Merchant State Bank during the settlement of Waterville
- It serves as a diverse event center for music, art making, gallery spaces, wellness-based parties or short stays for Wellness Weavers members. It is handicapped-accessible from the back alleyway. You can recognize the back by its historic cement block arched record storage vault that was built on the back.
- The wood floors make it a good space for dancing, building Rokenbok projects, and even playing family "circus"
- "The GB Mini-mat Laundry Room" is attached; a bright and cheery room with 3 washers and 4 dryers with both a separate entrance from the alley and an entrance adjoining the Bank District Flower Shop Gallery House. It is open to the general public with an entrance from the alley behind the historic Weaver Hotel.
- It is a great way to get laundry done while exploring historic Waterville.
- Volunteering doing laundry, mendling, ironing is just one of the ways that Wellness Weavers Coop members can earn Health Bucks by serving others in the Coop.
- The original residence of the Founder of Wellness Weavers that became a renovation project for self-healing after a series of traumatic events.
- March 4, 2011 it became the site of the first Wellness Weavers Health and Wellness Cooperative trade pilot project and by the May we had a community garden project going and the basement repointed. By Fall 2011, the garage had been reroofed, repainted, and the front porch repainted. We also used a manual mover for exercise.
- It housed a family with 8 children being homeschooled for 1 month while their father worked a contracted project job for Georgia Pacific at the Blue Rapids gypsum mine.
- Currently it supports the food gardens most efficiently and could handle even more gardens but until we have more members, Helen can not handle any more manual labor.
- Click here to find out how Manhattan University for Man and the City of Manhattan cooperate to offer Community Garden opportunities for citizens.
- To join Wellness Weavers and have membership benefits such as access to the facilities and garden plots, your first step is to take the online Community Assets Assessment...everyone is a STAR with Skills, Talents, Attitudes, Resources...that shine when allowed to serve!
- Originally the Chicago Lumber Company that supplied the early building efforts in Waterville's early settlement days in the late 1860s...they even carried a loan for Mrs Mary Adams so that she could rebuilt the Adams Rooming House in 1886 when it was involved in the fire that swept that downtown block.. It then became the Solt Lumber and Coal Company and changed hands several times sitting idle for a while until being purchased by the Waterville Lumberyard. They discontinued business in 2010.
- The only other remaining Chicago Lumber Company is in Omaha, NE and was established in 1876 by M.T. Green, owner of Chicago Lumber Company of Chicago, Ilinois. I believe this one is older but until someone has time to search The Telegraph records, we do not know.
- Purchased March 16, 2011 by Helen as a community resource venue for Wellness Weavers family-centered events, the clean up work has served as part of her personal fitness plan.
- May 2017 CURRENT OPPORTUNITY: Qualified TEAMs can earn Community Service-Learning "credits" for every hour of helping to safely correct the expensive work done by a contractor that had a good track record but had gone down hill with the DUIs. He refused to correct work that was deemed unsafe by a historic architect that inspected the work. Since he had been a friend, I did not have a written contract. When I reminded him of the three times that I asked him about straightening the building before we put the new roof on, he told me that what he was going to do would stabilize it.
I do not desire to spend my money in court. I want my money to go into having safe historic buildings that can be enjoyed by individuals and families and groups of friends that want to have healthy fun!
No one in Waterville will help me hold him accountable to helping to get it right. So I must continue to try to solve it on my own. Until such time as the full TEAM arrives so Together Everyone Achieves More.
One of the 12-steps in AA is to correct how people have been wronged so I still hold out hope that he will want to finally learn what Wellness Weavers really has to offer him, besides all the food and funds that I shared with him.
Housing within the Wellness Weavers system is available for the team.
There are low skill to high skilled projects available as we continue the work in making it a key resource for "fun fit day camps" and an innovation "makers space". We welcome Veterans!
- Roof and building stablization work was accomplished with the professional hired help of Nelson Construction Company. (This is an old entry).
- Gerome Charbonneau made the WW gate using gates that were at the lumberyard.
- Tin from the deconstruction of the old middle bay roof was loaded for recycling
- Megan Ewell, KSU Student, received a grant to help with clean up and she researched and helped with the "Travel the World" Quilt that we painted on the 1885 Blacksmith Stop Barn
- Joe Sauer helped with the final two week stretch to get it ready for the Chamber of Commerce Commercial District Block Party featuring family fun events and a community drama session that engaged attendees in the "Stone Soup" story.
Over 150 volunteer hours from 4 volunteers and 5 construction dumpsters as of December 2013 have been put into cleaning up of "The LAMP", the Lumberyard Activity Market Place. After Megan went back to school, I quit keeping track of the hours!
It will take a specialized team to figure out how to safely stablized the long bay that had a new roof prematurely put on it to stop the water damage. We are anxious to get our fun ropes courses, fitness course with the human powered movie machine out of the Think Tank Innovation Work Team and the upstairs seating arena supported and finished. There are many types of WW Community Service-Learning projects connected with the LAMP.
I am hoping to come back from the trip to Florida for the AATH Annual Conference, "The Power and Purpose of Play" by returning the southern states route and searching for a cargo net that will help us turn the LAMP into a fun fitness "good Pirate's ship"!
- Built in 1885, it has served as a livery barn, buggy assembly factory, an automotive repair shop, and Santa's storage and workshop.
- The barn is the featured setting for The Goldstone Inn books by Marilyn White. Unlike in the book, it will not be dismantled and moved.
- Basic weatherization work that sealed the broken windows has been done at this point. Repointing of the rocks is needed and removal of the bat gauno and to figure out a way to house the bats in alternative living arrangements is on the agenda. The bats are part of our natural pest control team and their guano is excellent for the gardens. The "Travel the World" Barn Door Quilt on the South side is visible from Hwy 77 if you look North at the United Methodist Church corner on Main St and Nebraska Ave. It is included on the Kansas Barn Quilt Tour website.
- For 44 years it was "Santa" Hanson's workshop and storage facility...his suit is on display in the Waterville Train Depot Museum. It houses the 1920 Gere Biplane that was built by Marc Lamoureaux (left wing) and the motor by Malcom Staum (right wing). The actual wings are wired to the ceiling to keep them safe until the Plane Built TEAM arrives. Darren Perillo, is the tail section and has 20 hours fixed wing aviation from Purdue University (where my Dad was a graduate assistant before Amelia Earhart was there with her Flying Laboratory, the Electra that did not return from the final stretches of the World Flight in 1937.
"The Cabin" is in Blue Rapids and is owned by the Blue Rapids Museum
- Built in 1864 on homesteaded land about 12 miles south of Blue Rapids
- Know by some locals as a log cabin, it was hiding in plain site, except for a small missing chunck of plaster on the inside that revealed it was a log cabin It was owned by Dr Harold Munger, Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Kansas State University.
- Over several weeks of visiting about the renovation of the cabin, Harold was reticent to let Helen Stucky rent it until she tracked him and Gene Merrill down in the pasture visiting on a creek bank in tall weeds. He decided that she had what it might take. This time he agreed to let her live on the farmstead and uncover the cabin, use the electricity and live in any of the buildings that she could make habitable for $5 per month.
- It was the source of the Claflin Mills' White Goose Flour sacks that were salvaged from under wall paper used to size the tongue and groove ceiling boards during some era of remodeling with wall paper. The best flour sack was made into a wall hanging commentary on the history of farming and food production linked to chronic disease conditions such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease that were rapidly increasing in society.
- Two loads of sand for the exercise and dehydration food plot were received from the Blue Rapids Sand Co in exchange for some employee health promotion services of blood pressure checks and visits with the two employees in the office about their health promotion questions. They received nutritional and exercise information. Two small family-centered health workshops were held at the cabin. One was about safe alternatives to hospital births and the other about wholistic health and making exercise fun.
- Moved to the Blue Rapids Round Square in the 1990s by friends of history that have been proven to be real friends of Helen, it can be toured when the musueum is open.
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