Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, located on the Oregon Trail in Topeka, Kansas, is a 6-acre historic site with gardens, preserving the family history of one of the earliest settlers in the area.


Hours

Tours: Monday-Friday: 10am, 12pm, & 2pm, Saturday: 12pm, & 2pm, Sunday: 2pm, Adults $5; Seniors $4; Children (6-12) $3; 5 and under Free

Contact Information

124 NW Fillmore Street
Topeka, KS 66606
Phone: 785-251-2991
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Location Type

Kid-friendly
Living History
Historic Home
Museum
Interpretive Signs
Natural Area
Walking Tours

Site Info

Parking
Restroom
Wheelchair
AC / Heating
Bus / RV Parking
Giftshop
Group Tours
Parking
Restrooms
Staffed
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, located on the Oregon Trail in Topeka, Kansas, is a 6-acre historic site with gardens, preserving the family history of one of the earliest settlers in the area. The grounds are open daily from 8 AM to Dusk. At the Potwin Drug Store, sit at the marble counter and order a soda fountain treat, and shop for vintage-era candy! The Mulvane General Store allows visitors to step back in time to a mercantile setting with a décor of "yesterday," featuring gift items that reflect either the Victorian period or a Kansas theme. The Potwin Drug Store and The Mulvane General Store are both open Monday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM and Sunday noon-4 PM.

Every season brings a different beauty to the 2.5 acres of botanical gardens at Old Prairie Town at Ward Meade Historic Site. A special feature of the gardens is Anna's Place, a Victorian Reading Garden. This quiet and peaceful place includes a water garden with a footbridge, a gazebo and benches. The gazebo may be rented for weddings. Those who choose a self guided tour of the gardens will find more than 500 varieties of flowers, shrubs, and trees, all labeled with their botanical names. The outdoor locations are so visually rich the entire park is a popular spot for area professional photographers looking for just the right natural setting for portraits. The park also is a meeting place for area garden clubs and for those who enjoy lunch around the picnic tables.

This historic 1880 Everest Church building was moved to Old Prairie Town from Everest, Kansas. The last worship service in this building took place on June 24, 2001. The Santa Fe Train Depot was moved from its original location in Pauline south of Topeka, offers visitors a look at railroad memorabilia and state-of-the-art rail accommodations circa 1900. A one-room schoolhouse moved from nearby Rossville, is fully operational and a favorite stop for touring elementary schoolchildren. It is a great location for birthday parties and schoolhouse sessions.

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