Conservatives to host egg hunt and pancake breakfast with Black Jack maple syrup – The Lawrence Times
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Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park board members will flip pancakes on Saturday and serve them in a stack covered in syrup from the historic site’s maple grove.
Near the battlefield where the men of the Free State and slavery fought in 1856, towering trees produce maple syrup.
In 1890, Robert Hall Pearson built a house there. After fighting alongside abolitionist John Brown in Black Jack, Pearson “carved out a successful farm on the prairie, raising crops and raising livestock,” Emery Compton, deputy marketing manager, said in an email.
“He also planted maple trees; it is believed to be the only site in Kansas where maple sugar was produced at the time.
The community is invited to celebrate and taste the historic syrup during the benefit breakfast. And they will have the opportunity to take it home.
After the meal, the children are invited to go in search of eggs filled with candy hidden around the Pearson farm and in the meadow of the battlefield. An Easter basket raffle will also take place.
The activities will be an opportunity to learn more about the historic battlefield site, its park and their preservation efforts.
“Please get out there and bring Black Jack back to life,” read a press release.
Flapjacks at Black Jack’s runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 16. The suggested donation is $10 for ages 14 and up. Children 13 and under eat free.
At 12:15 p.m., the egg hunt begins. The events take place 3 miles east of Baldwin City at the Battlefield and Natural Area, 163 E. 2000 Road in Wellsville (map below).
Eight-ounce and 12-ounce glass bottles of the golden, sticky liquid will be available to Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park members. Membership benefits, including an 8-ounce bottle of syrup and a quarterly newsletter, are available to individuals starting at $40. More information can be found below or on the Black Jack Facebook event page.
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Tricia Masenthin (her), Equity Reporter, can be reached at tmasenthin (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more about his work for The Times here. Check out his staff biography here.