The Historic Ritchie house and the Cox Communication Heritage Education Center is open for tours every Mon. and Wed. at 10:00am and 2:00. Parking is available on Madison Street. Admission is free. Visitors will tour the Ritchie's stone house and the education center museum room. Viewing the interpretive exhibits, visitors have an opportunity to enhance the compelling story of the Ritchies and their contemporaries during the turbulent Kansas Territorial days.
Tours available Mon and Wed at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Open other times by appointment. Call to schedule.
1116 SE Madison
PO Box 2201
Topeka, KS 66607
Phone: 785-234-6097 website
Kid-friendly Historic Home Museum National Register of Historic Places
AC / Heating Group Meeting Room Group Tours Parking Restrooms Staffed Water Fountain Wheel Chair Accessible
The Historic John and Mary Jane Ritchie house, built in 1856, 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 1856 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 registry of historic sites in Kansas. It is located at 1116 SE Madison, Topeka, Kansas. Standing next to the stone house is the Cox Communications Heritage Education Center located at 1118 SE Madison. Tours are available on Mon. and Wed. at 10:00am and 2:00pm.
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