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Dover, Kansas

Dover beginnings pre-date the Civil War and statehood. Two brothers, John and Alfred Sage, drove one of the first wagons who traversed the "Lane Trail" which was established by abolitionists, John Brown and James Lane, bringing free-staters from the north into Kansas. The year was 1856, two years after the Kansas-Nebraska Bill was passed that would change the area from Indian territory into statehood. The Sage's were English people, and their clan followed upon arrival in Mission Valley. The Sages joined the Kansas militia, fought in the Civil War, and founded the town of Dover in 1870, named for the white cliffs of Dover in England. They became prominent businessmen establishing a post office, inn, stagecoach layover station, general store, mill and bank. Dover once hosted two of the largest cheese factories in the state of Kansas.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Echo Cliff Park

Country Park, located west of Dover in Wabaunsee County, has a rich Indian history. Archeological digs unearthed pot shards and arrowheads dating to 800-1000 AD when the Woodland Indians lived in the Kansas land (Grasshopper Falls Phase). Scenic cliff overlooks Mission Creek and was named "

Dover, KS Archaeology

1878 Sage Inn & Stagecoach Station

Old stone country inn was built in 1865 along Mission Creek where wagons could ford the stream (about 15 miles southwest of Topeka, Kansas). In 1878

Dover, KS Historic Buildings

Sage General Store

See a still functioning General Store that was built in 1898 by Alfred Sage, Innkeeper at the 1878 Sage Inn. Old store offers homecooked meals and groceries. Known for having the best homemade pie in this part of Kansas, baked fresh daily by 80+ year old Norma!

Dover, KS Historic Buildings

Things to do near Dover, KS

Lawrence Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Berkshire Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 5 days...