Recreation & Leisure
Beloit and the surrounding communities of Mitchell County are full of historic, recreational and leisure activities. Whether visiting the Glen Elder State Park, wrapping twine or sightseeing we are confident you will find an array of activities to keep your schedule full! Call ahead for details on hours and special activities or visit Mitchell County Convention & Tourism for more information.
Brown Homestead Marker
About four miles East of Beloit on Asherville Rd. One of the first homesteads in Mitchell County. Large Historical marker describes the farm.
Mitchell County Historical Society & Museum
Historical Society incorporated in 1971. Museum in existence since 1880. Located in “old Nurse’s home” and houses a variety of exhibits. Open Monday, Tuesday & Thursday.
Perdue House- Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation
National Registry of Historic Sites. Jane Perdue supported herself in the 1920’s and 30’s with a tea room hosted in the Perdue House.
Presbyterian Church & Liberty Bell
Historical 1878, native limestone church. In 1951 one of only six replica “Liberty Bell” bells cast for the 1876 U.S. Centennial was placed in the bell tower.
Hesperian Library & Museum
721 Lake Drive
National Register of Historic Places. First building built by a Women’s Club in Kansas. Special items are geological specimens & books signed by Susan B. Anthony.
Largest Ball of Sisal Twine
Outdoor venue, started in 1953 by farmer, Frank Stoeber. Call ahead to add twine to the bal. As of August, 2019, the ball weighs 20,622 lbs and is 8,326,881 ft. of sisal twine.
Oldest Pipe Organ in Kansas
Located within the Methodist Church, 608 Lake Dr.
Built in 1886 by Pilcher’s Sons of Louisville, Kentucky. Built for the congregational church in Kinsley, Kansas, and the only organ in Kansas west of Emporia at that time.
Ernie Norris Castle Service Station
100 S. Market St. (now private property)
Acting on a dream from serving in the military during WWI, in 1926, Ernie Norris built a service station that resembled a castle he’d seen in Luxemburg.
Glen Elder State Park Hopewell Church
Located a half-mile north of the shores of Waconda Lake, just south of the Glen Elder State Park Ranger Station. Church was moved from SW of Beloit in 1994. May be rented for weddings and meetings with a view of the lake.
Glen Elder State Park Waconda Springs Replica & Waconda Springs Visitor & Education Center
Commemorating the history of the Waconda Mineral Springs as a holy site for Native Americans and the later use of the Springs for a Hotel and Health Spa, visitors can walk to the Waconda Springs Replica and view history at the museum/visitor center.
National Peace Pole in City Park
North side of park. Peace Pole marks Kansas’ 150-year observance in honor of Post Civil War settlement and search for peace.
Historic Steam Engine
Commercial Ave., alley by Scottsville Church, Outdoor display item
The Bank Building
2323 Commercial Ave.
Historical, built in 1916; now a private business
1 mile North & 1 mile East of Asherville. First Mitchell County African American settler buried here.
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