The Historic Ritchie House was owned by early Kansas Territory settlers, John and Mary Jane Ritchie. The house, an Underground Railroad historic site, and the Cox Communications Heritage Education Center next door are located in Topeka, Kansas.


Tues-Thurs 9 am-1 pm, or by appointment
Admission is free.

Contact Information

1116 SE Madison Street
Topeka, KS 66601
Phone: 785-234-6097

Location Type

Historic Home
National Register of Historic Places

Site Info

AC / Heating
Group Meeting Room
Group Tours
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

The Historic John and Mary Jane Ritchie house, built in 1857, is a project of the Shawnee County Historical Society located in Topeka, Kansas. It was acquired by the Society in 1995 and has undergone restoration and preservation. The stone house which stands at 1116 SE Madison serves as an interpretive site of Kansas area heritage and serves also as an important landmark in Shawnee County, Kansas.

This historic stone house was built by John and Mary Jane Ritchie and represents the legacy of the generation of pioneers who founded Topeka and shaped its early directions. The house has been included on the Kansas Register of Historic Places as well as the National Register of Historic Places. Standing next to the stone house is the Shawnee County Historical Society's Cox Communications Heritage Education Center.

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Highland Park High School field trip 2014
Highland Park High School field trip 2014
Students by the busload!
Historic John and Mary Jane Ritchie House
History Camp for Kids - object study for the Oregon Trail
Farm Chores during History Camp for Kids
School Field Trip - Stories of the Underground Railroad
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