2103 Zeandale Road  |  Manhattan, Kansas

About Lazy T Ranch and Owners Ron and Chris Wilson

Working on the farmThe Lazy T Ranch is owned by Ron and Chris Wilson, who are fifth generation Kansas ranchers. They love sharing farm and ranch life with each guest to the Lazy T and offer ranch suppers, tours, and cowboy poetry entertainment.

The ranch was homesteaded in 1855 by Enoch Persons. Five generations of the Persons family lived on this place until three businessmen bought it in 1958. In 1968, the Wilson family purchased the ranch and has lived here ever since. Open for guests by appointment, this working ranch features historic stone buildings, awesome Flint Hills views, and delicious home cooked food.

Ron is well known as the Poet Lariat, and has performed throughout the country. His column, “Cowboy Up” appears regularly in the Grass & Grain newspaper. He appears on the Ag AM in Kansas TV show, and his poetry is featured weekly by the Country Parson on WIBW Radio, 94.5 FM. He has performed on national television on RFD-TV. In 2010, he was named Ambassador for the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum.

Ron likes to say he's been “a 4-H member, FFA officer, farm radio broadcaster, college lecturer, Congressional staffer, association executive, rural development director, corporate vice president, small business co-founder, rodeo ticket taker, Sunday School teacher, diaper changer, bottle washer, tractor driver, posthole digger, thistle chopper, hay bale stacker, fence fixer, calf holder, manure scooper, and tail twister.”

Ron and his wife Chris have four children, who are the third generation of their family to live on the historic ranch. The Wilsons' original family home is now the Lazy T Ranch Guest House for overnight guest lodging.

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