Johnson County Museum recounts ‘last stand of Elizabeth Porter,’ landowner whose property sat on Village Shops site

Elizabeth Porter (center) as a young woman outside her family farmhouse. Photo via Johnson County Museum.
Elizabeth Porter (center) as a young woman outside her family farmhouse. Photo via Johnson County Museum.

The Johnson County Museum recently put up an interesting post on its blog about Elizabeth Porter, who in the early 1940s owned a 16-acre parcel of land on the site of what is now The Village Shops.

When J.C. Nichols started moving forward on his vision for the Prairie Village community, he knew he would have to acquire Porter’s land to make the shopping center at its center feasible. But having lived in the two-story farmhouse on the property her whole life, Porter was reluctant to sell. Nichols eventually reached an agreement with Porter that would allow her to stay in her home as long as she wished. And when she announced she was ready to move out, Nichols gave her a spanking new Cape Cod on Prairie Lane.

Check out the full story on the museum’s blog here.