The Home Of Just Plain Folks

Apparently Just Plain Folks make their home in Williamsburg, KS.

Them are the folks who know who is to blame for the 9/11.

Other than the classified information the folks possess a building built in the year 188…

…a combination Tavern/City Hall…

…a weapon of mass destruction…

…a city park…

… a nondescript building…

…a front-yard antique car display…

…a dilapidated elevator…

…and possibly a cafe…

…adorned with rim-art.

Next to Williamsburg is a so-called ghost town of Silkville, KS,

of which I was able to locate this building,

next to a huge stump of possibly a Russian Mulberry tree used to grow silk-worms.

If you are one of them plain folks, there is some room for you in Williamsburg.

Move in and start donating your junk for the playground construction.

And now we dance:

Edit: I am being told that the Guy & Mae’s Tavern is a wonder of Kansas cuisine and has unbelievably awesome ribs.

  • By golly… I think you’ve found the oldest building in North America…. 188 AD….. not as old as our Aztec Waterfall… but really old none the less…. love the post.

  • John

    Guy & Mae’s tavern shown in the 4th photo is one of the “8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine.”

    http://www.kansassampler.org/8wonders/cuisineresults.php?id=174

    • It’s a wonder anyone even knows about this place:it’s off the highway,it’s in the same building as their city hall and you can’t tell if it’s open. I honestly thought it was gone.

  • I Travel for JOOLS

    Uffda !

    • JOOLS, I had to look up what this means and all I could find out was that expression is so old, no one remembers what exactly it stands for.

  • midtown miscreant

    Nice tour. I’ve been making deliveries to what seems like every small town in Ks and Missouri, unfortunately most of them are at night so I dont get to see the good stuff. I keep hoping to pass through or near some actual ghost towns in either state, so far no luck. Here is a site with names and general locations of ghost towns. Top of the page is a pull down window to select state http://www.ghosttowns.com/. Maybe you’ll run across some of them on your day trips.

    • MM, I found Silkville on that site, there isn’t much of anything there. I think other buildings are used on a private farm.

  • Old Fart

    I go to Guy and Maes 4 or 5 times a year. Best ribs I’ve ever had, so that makes it worth the trip. The place is closed on Sundays and Mondays. You can read my personal review here: http://blog.paulmcbride.com/2009/06/oh-my-freakin-god.html

    • OF,I like the title of your post. I’ll plug it into my post.

  • Fellow Foreigner (only I can’t hide as easily)

    I can’t believe the places you go. Just don’t open your mouth so they figure out you’re a foreigner.

  • tacitus

    You’re getting pretty close to where I grew up. In fact, I’ve eaten at Guy & Mae’s tavern. But anyhow, that’s not really why I’m commenting. I’ve been pretty fascinated by the early French settlements in eastern Kansas; though most of the influence has waned with time.

    My family has land in Franklin County, some of which seems to have been used (or at least prepared to be used) for silk farming. There’s a pond, with a couple acres of mulberry trees planted in a grid just to the west of it. The trees are of course in various states of disease and decay now. On to the south-west of the site was a barn, and to the west of the barn was an amazing little house. The house was constructed after the silk farm timeframe (I think), but used solid oak 2×12 for the floor joists on both the lower and upper floor. The 2x12s actually measured two inches by twelve inches. The wall studs were made of 2×4 walnut, again, measuring two inches by four inches. I believe the construction was done in the 1890s — but the remarkable thing is that walnut and oak were not very common in this part of Kansas at that time (remember sod houses?), so the lumber was probably imported for construction.

  • I remember hearing some stories that in the 50’s kids were encouraged to grow silk worms at home. Mulberry tree is called “silk tree” in Russian

  • Burg gal

    Too bad you didn’t take the time to talk to anyone and do a little research. Our little town may be easy to make fun of, but there is a lot of interesting history you missed, as well as some terrific people.

    • Burg gal

      I don’t know where “Old Joe’s Place” is, but it’s nowhere near Williamsburg.

  • Judy

    Wow! Do you get your jollies by going around and finding the worst in every place you go? How sad! Did you bother to look at our new Library or the nice Community building or our school or the many nice houses or the new museum building? I pity you if all you see when you go through a community is the worst – and every community has some. We do have a great community – sure we’re struggling to stay alive – What small town isn’t. But we take care of each other, oh, why am I trying to explain anything to someone like you?

  • Librarylil

    Williamsburg is a small town with a huge heart. Yes, back in the day we were a big happening town with many businesses-hotels, banks, hardware store, etc. When I-35 was built, hi-way 50 was no longer used as much and our little town died a little at a time. It is sad that you chose to poke fun at this little but wonderful town. We know all of our neighbors by first names and even their pets. This little town pulls together when we have a family in need, we can raise 15,000 in just a few hours! I’d like to see a big “city” do that. While some people can poke fun at us, I hope you will actually visit with our towns people/businesses-Guy and Mae’s tavern, yes one of the 8 wonders of Kansas and for a good reeason! Our library, our school, our lovely homes, some bulit when Williamsburg was just beginning. Unfortunately the house you “showcased” is one of the first houses in Williamsburg. It is sad that some of the towns people do not take pride in their homes and yards, but others do and you did not elect to give them the same time you did on some of our more sad situations. Please give Williamsburg their due. We are a small town with a big heart.

    • Sorry, I don’t think I wrote anything mean about your town. Every town has a school and a library and a bunch of nice people, it’s the quirky, unique things that make your town different. I have several more posts about small towns I’ve traveled through and if anything – I feel bad about them disappearing and deteriorating, because they are so unique, have history and not just a bunch of faceless strip malls. I am not a journalist, I drive around at my own pleasure and post what I see. I may be a bit ironic, but I have nothing but good will towards the places I visit and people who visit this blog can hopefully pick up on it. I know of several people who found my posts interesting enough to make their own trips. Thanks for stopping by and voicing your opinion.

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