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"HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS--Cedar Vale, Kansas.
Full of random musings, observations, reflections, things we love, bit of history, events in our life and the area, humor and much more.. 'Home is where the Heart is....' is dedicated to our ancestors,
our families, our military and our veterans.
"Home is Where the Heart Is..." website created by a small town gal and dedicated to her ancestors.
NOTICE: We are in the process of making some changes to the site. We are updating several pages, some may no longer be available.We have turned off several pages as we are working on them, others we are considering deleting.If you have a favorite page that you wish for us to continue please leave us a comment in the Corral Forum under the General Discussion area, or send us an email.
Pages that are turned off at this time are: News and Announcements, Events page, Kansas Links Page, Organizations and Churches, Schools and Healthcare, City of Cedar Vale. A couple of these pages may not be returning unless there is enough people who wish for them to continue. We appreciate all that continue to visit the page. We hope to be fully up and running again in the near future. In meantime please check back often and let us know how you like the changes. NOTE: At this time we also have our facebook page turned off on facebook as we are considering shutting it down or at least changing the format to a 'page', or to a 'group' page. Right now it is still in existence but have it unpublished while we make changes. If you wish for us to continue the facebook page please contact us either by email through this website or post a comment in the Corral Forum in the General Discussion area. as to whether you wish for us to continue with the facebook page.
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Home is where the heart is...
Secluded and peaceful with beautiful vistas, Cedar Vale, Kansas is a destination for all seasonsand has a style like no other town. We enjoy leisurely strolls along the main street and taking a step into the past as we experience this century old town located in Chautauqua County, Kansas, where there are historic homes, buildings, and the Cedar Vale museum which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Nestled in the heartland of America in the Chautauqua Hills, outdoor opportunities abound. Fishing is popular on the Caney River, Cedar Creek and the many watershed lakes and ponds throughout the area. The area is also a popular hunting spot with an abundance of deer, quail, and turkey. The surrounding countryside includes many scenic areas, camping, fishing, hunting, horsepacking, hiking, swimming, , photography, and a large array of remarkable views for the artist.
Double Rainbow Arch Bridge Old Hwy 160 1/2 east of Cedar Vale, Ks.
Cedar Vale, Kansas is a rustic picturesque town located in the heartland of America just off of Highway 166 in the western part of Chautauqua County. The town of Cedar Vale is situated in a beautiful valley in the Chautauqua Hills. Cedar Vale was once referred to as "The Gem City of the Sunflower State....Cedar Vale is the most enterprising Little City on Earth.." in the book"Dawn of the Twentieth Century 1901". Today Cedar Vale is a farming and ranching community, but is also home to many other businesses which are integral parts of the local economy. Cedar Vale is a town with beautiful old homes, churches and historic downtown buildings, a school with grades from pre-K through high school, lovely parks, swimming pool, and many more amenities.
With the tangled rugged beauty of the Ozark Plateau beginning in southeast Kansas, most people are surprised to discover the Little Ozarks, where the landscape is full of wooded hills and winding rivers, and includes the towns of Cedar Vale, Sedan and many other southeast Kansas county towns. You are likely to see buffalo roaming the range, as well as working cattle ranches, or a cowboy on horseback along the the dusty roads. It is a rustic area where the Old West has met the New West. Much of the area looks as it did in the 1800's and the early 1900's when cowboys were driving millions of cattle up from Texas. Back then Kansas had two things no other state could offer, grass and railroads. There are beautiful countryside vistas, history filled museums and historic buildings. For the outdoor sportsman there is fishing and hunting. You'll find lots of wildlife, with turkey, quail and deer which are often seen in the countryside.
...If they ever saw a sunrise on a mountain morning
Or watched those cotton candy clouds go by
Then they'd know why I live beneath these western skies
I got peace of mind and elbow room
I love to smell the sage in bloom
Or catch a rainbow on my fishin' line
We've got county fairs and rodeos
There ain't a better place for my kids to grow
Just turn 'em loose in the western summer time
... Chris LeDoux, Western Skies
Short Stop Convenience Store & Hunting Lodge Short Stop, Inc. 1520 Marsh
Cedar Vale, KS 67024
Hunting Lodge Lodge #1
Cedar Vale, KS 67024
Lodge #2 1309 Walnut
Cedar Vale, KS 67024 For Reservations: 620-758-2263 or 620-216-0099 Owner-Shawne Fulsom
City of Cedar Vale
Hewins Park & Pavilion
10 -12 spaces with Hook-ups
Call Cedar Vale City Hall
Open 8 am to 4 PM
620-758-2244 Cedar Vale, Kansas
DINING Cedar Vale has a restaurant/cafe, convenience store with pizza/sandwiches, etc., as well as a grocery store for all your dining needs.
Hilltop Restaurant 1104 Walnut
Cedar Vale, KS 67024
Open Mon-Sat 6:00am - 8:00pm
Sundays from 6:00am-2:00pm Bar open till Midnight Friday and Saturday Daily Specials
Hilltop Cafe is committed to serving you delicious homestyle meals. Their friendly staff and comfortable decor will create a memorable dining experience complete with daily specials and fresh salad bar or order your favorite item from the
menu. After enjoying your meal, be sure and ask about
their delicious homemade pies and deserts.
Short Stop, Inc. Convenience Store & Hunting Lodge 1520 Marsh
Cedar Vale, KS 67024
Groceries & Fresh Vegetables
Breakfast Items, Fast Food Items
Party Trays, Catering
We deliver Groceries, Pizza, Sub Sandwiches, & Fast Foods
Cedar Vale Market
613 Cedar Street
Cedar Vale, Kansas
Check out our seasonal Fresh Floral Bouquets and holiday shelves.
Cedar Vale Market is your clean and friendly "Hometown Market"!
If we don't have it, ask us to get it!
See what others have to say about Cedar Vale, Kansas.
Wonderful article written by Kate F. Eaton about her
trip to Cedar Vale. Kate F. Eaton is a freelance copywriter
specializingin the promotion of Kansas attractions.
We have many times in the past been fortunate to have been able to enjoy the picturesque serene countryside setting of The Wee Kirk of the Valley. Wee Kirk of the Valley was built by Lotus M. Day on his 80 acre farm 6 1/2 miles south of Cedar Vale, Kansas. This tiny chapel is on private land owned by the grandson of the landmark's builder, and is currently not accessible to the public.
The church is known as Wee Kirk is a Scottish word meaning little church and was opened to the public in 1964. Construction of the 8 by 14 foot chapel and was done in a year by Mr. Day.
After Lotus Day suffered a heart attack, he decided to retire from Day Monument Company in Arkansas City, Kansas but retained a partnership, to fulfill a long held dream to build a tiny stone church that seats 12 to represent seating for the 12 apostles.
A huge cross on "Mt. Baldy" is visible in the distance from the chapel.
As you near the chapel to the right of it you will see a gazebo/pillared shelter with a bench that overlooks a pond and the area known as Lookout Valley.
To enter, there is a gate that keeps the cattle out of the Wee Kirk yard. Across the top is written, "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Psalm 122." Then a country turnstile to go through to reach the chapel. Steps on the turnstile bear the engraved message "welcome," the other side "the Lord's House is Your House." Above the stile an archway gives the chapel name, "The Wee Kirk of the Valley."
The steeple of the chapel was made of copper. Inside the tiny sanctuary, the walls are of concrete, painted and marked to resemble stone. Mr Day's used craftsmanship skills and abilities he had acquired during of a man 40 years working with masonry, marble and stone made memorials for others in his monument company......
Artist; Lotus M. Day, designer. Day Monument Company, fabricator
The information provided about this artwork, the Statue of Christ, was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
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Disclaimer: This website "Home is Where The Heart Is...Cedar Vale, Kansas" does not represent in an official capacity the town of Cedar Vale, Ks.
It is however, a website/blog about our favorite town to hang our hats and is where our heart will always be. It contains random musings, observations, reflections, things we love, events in our life, humorand more. It is dedicated to our ancestors who have lived here before us. We have another website that we have had for several years with Home is Where The Heart Is...Cedar Vale, Ks and Chautauqua County, Ks pages. For our fans and followers, those pages will continue to be maintained at our other site http://diamondsnspurs.com/ More space and pages were needed for the Home is Where The Heart Is....Cedar Vale, Chautauqua County, Ks pages as well as other pages we wanted to add, so this websitehttp://www.cedarvalekansas.com was created so that we could expand and add more pages.
The City of Cedar Vale has an official website and is not
associated with our websites. Visit the official website for the City of Cedar Vale at www.cityofcedarvale.com/
Be sure and check out our website http://www.diamondsnspurs.com where we have more information and pictures about Cedar Vale, Kansas. We are transferrring much of the information to this site, but we will keep the other site updated as well with Cedar Vale pictures and information. So sit back set a spell and enjoy both sites!!
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