Visit the home of freestaters who worked for organized and equal education and helped establish Kansas State University.


Tue - Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat - Sun 2 – 5 p.m., closed state holidays.

Adult $2
Student $1
Under age 5 - free

Contact Information

2309 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 785-565-6490

Location Type

Historic Home
National Register of Historic Places

Site Info


Goodnow House tells the story of freestaters who founded Manhattan. Isaac Goodnow and his wife, Ellen, built this unique stone farmhouse. He started the Kansas State Teachers Association and established the college that became Kansas State University. Learn more about the Goodnows at this native stone residence and barn.

Inside the house, visitors will see furniture, books, magazines, and photographs connected with the Goodnows and their niece, Harriet Parkerson. Visitors will also see Isaac and Ellen's collected rocks and specimen.

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