The Historic Ritchie House and the Cox Communications Heritage Education Center is 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.


Hours

Walk-in tours: Mon & Wed at 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Tours at other times may be scheduled by calling (785) 234-6097.

Admission is free.

Contact Information

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

Kid-friendly
Historic Home
Museum
National Register of Historic Places

Site Info

Parking
Restroom
Wheelchair
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 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. It is located at 1116 SE Madison, Topeka, Kansas. Standing next to the stone house is the Shawnee County Historical Society's Cox Communications Heritage Education Center located at 1118 SE Madison. Tours are available on Mon. and Wed. at 10:00am - 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. Teacher may apply for a bus grant from the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.

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