Workshops and Symposium events will be held in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. There are many lodging options in and around the town. Many places have blocked out space for us so when you call please let them know you are with the Stone Foundation Stonework Symposium. If you cannot find lodging in Cottonwood Falls there are many places to stay in nearby Emporia, which is a 25 minute drive.

Hotels, motels, guesthouses, B&B's

--- Grand Central Hotel, Cottonwood Falls  
--- Lark Inn Guesthouses, Cottonwood Falls & Strong City
--- Plum Street Guesthouse, Cottonwood Falls 
--- Millstream Resort Motel, Cottonwood Falls
--- Stonehorse B & B, Cottonwood Falls
--- Spring Street B & B, Cottonwood Falls
--- Clover Cliff Bed & Breakfast, Elmdale 
--- Matfield Green Guesthouses, Matfield Green

--- Guests                       
--- Flying W Ranch, Clements
--- Emporia  (Trip Advisor Link) 

 Camping and bunkhouses

YMCA Camp Wood offers camping spots and bunkhouses and is a 15 minute drive from Cottonwood Falls. If you are interested in sharing a bunkhouse please email for more info 

Chase State Fishing Lake is under 10 minutes from Cottonwood Falls and provides camping on a first come, first serve basis. 

Travel Notes

 Nearest major airport is Wichita (1.5 hours drive to the SW) and next closest is Kansas City (2.5 hours drive to the NE). Manhattan Regional, (1.5 hours N) has flights from Chicago and Dallas.

 As Cottonwood Falls is a small town in a rural area, a personal vehicle (or ride share) will be necessary to get to Cottonwood Falls and to various event venues.

The Flint Hills Stonework Symposium 2017 begins with a check-in Thursday evening May 4th with activities running through Sunday night May 7th. There will be a mix of tours, lectures and gatherings as well as events like the Lithic Olympics. Please check back shortly for a detailed itinerary. 

Relief Carving Workshop with Nicholas Fairplay

Students will learn the basics of tools, layout, roughing out and finishing, working in Kansas limestone. 
May 1st to May 4th   Cost is $400 for Stone Foundation Members, $550 for non members 

Letter Carving Workshop with Karin Sprague

Students will learn the fundamentals of letter carving in stone and contribute to carving a quote on a large central stone element.
May 2 to May 4th   Cost is $350 for Stone Foundation Members, $500 for non members  

Architectural Fabricating and Finishing Workshop, arch and corner layout and installation with Julien Carmellino, assisted by Luke Koch

Students will be taught arch layout and construction, dressing stone and finishing techniques by hand and with air tools.  Students will be installing the arch and corner elements in this workshop.
April 30th to May 4th   Cost is $500 for Stone Foundation Members, $650 for non members  

Dry Stone Walling Workshop with Sean Adcock

Students will learn basic walling skills in the construction of a courtyard with benches and entryway. 

April 30th to May 4th   Cost is $500 for Stone Foundation Members, $650 for non members  




Those of you interested in signing up for a workshop will notice there are two prices, one for members and one for non members. If you would like to become a member and receive the discounted rate,  please follow the membership link at the top of the page before signing up for the Stone Foundation Members price!




The Stone Foundation invites you to attend the Flint Hills Stonework Symposium and Workshops, from April 30th to May 7th  2017 in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.  Cottonwood Falls lies at the heart of East-central Kansas' scenic Flint Hills.  Hidden in these rolling grasslands are countless stories of Native American and pioneer history, rich cattle ranching culture, and limestone!  The Flint Hills, so named by famous explorer Zebulon Pike, for the numerous chert or flint deposits eroded from limestone outcrops.  The result of ancient sea beds, limestone outcrops and the flint have helped preserve the prairie landscape from the plow and progress. These limestone outcrops provided building material in a relatively treeless landscape.   Post Civil War settlers, and European immigrants have left their mark here.  Structures such as stone fences, bridges, cellars, barns, homes, city businesses and churches are evidence of the 1880's stone crafts. Countless tons of stone are still quarried today supplying the next generations of sculptors and masons with material to leave their own mark.