The Historic Ritchie house and the Cox Communication Heritage Education Center located at 1116 and 1118 SE Madison Street, Topeka, Kansas. This Underground Railroad historic site originally was owned by early Kansas Territory settlers, John and Mary Jane Ritchie.
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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 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. Tours may be scheduled for other times by calling (785) 234-6097.
School Field Trips are available by calling (785) 234-6097. "Rediscover Freedom's Pathway", the signature tour offered to students, provide an all-day tour including Freedom's Frontier partners, The Brown vs. Board of Education Natl. Hist. Site and the Kansas Statehouse. Teachers may register for a bus grant provided by the National Park Service to schools within a 75-mile radius of Topeka. At the historic house, students will learn of the Ritchie's involvement in Underground Railroad as conductors. Please see the Documents section below for field trip information.
This year's summer History Camp for Kids will be held at the Ritchie House June 6th - July 11th. Summer partners for this program will be area community centers. Individual campers may also join the fun by registering with the Ritchie House 785-234-6097.
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