The 1859 cabin tells the story of early German settlers of Franklin County.


The cabin is open some weekends in spring, summer and fall, and for special events. Call for more information about tours.

Contact Information

5th and Main
City Park
Ottawa, KS 66067
Phone: 785-242-1232

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Living History
Historic Home
Interpretive Signs

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Bus / RV Parking

The 1859 Dietrich Cabin tells the story of early German settlers of Franklin County.

The cabin was built in 1859 by Jacob and Catherine Dietrich. It was originally located southwest of present-day Princeton. One hundred years later, it was moved to City Park near 5th and Main streets in Ottawa, Kansas. The cabin stands as a tribute to the Dietrich family and the hundreds of other early pioneers who came to Franklin County.

Shortly after Elsie Gault, a granddaughter of the Dietrichs, donated the cabin to the Franklin County Historical Society, volunteers began to restore the cabin to its 1859 appearance. In 1961, the cabin was a focal point of Franklin County’s celebration of the Kansas Centennial.

Stories & Comments

Deborah Barker  |  on 2/2/2014

New Hours: The Dietrich Cabin will be open on the second Sunday of April, May, June, July, August, September and October from 1 to 4 p.m. Programming: period music, reenactors, story telling, or heritage craft demonstrations - each open Sunday.

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