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Goodnow House State Historic Site

Goodnow House
QUICK FACTS
2301 Claflin • Manhattan, KS
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Hours of Operation:
Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm
(subject to staff availability 785-565-6490)
Group tours by appointment
Closed National Holidays

Admission:
Admission is Free
Suggested donation $2.00 adult, $1.00 children
KSHS Inc. members, current military and children under five admitted free
The Goodnow House, built in 1861, is an important site to the citizens of Kansas. Isaac Goodnow and his wife Ellen were abolitionists who immigrated to Kansas in 1855 to establish Manhattan as a free-state community. Isaac Goodnow was also a founder of what became Kansas State University and was instrumental in developing the Kansas public school system as the first elected Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The site has significant documentation through letters, diaries, and photographs and much of the furniture is original to the house. Many of Goodnow's letters and other information is on the web site www.territorialkansasonline.org and on the Kansas State Historical Society web site www.kshs.org.

The Goodnow House Museum is located next door to the Riley County Historical Museum at 2301 Claflin Road in Manhattan. The Riley County Historical Society, Riley County, and the Kansas State Historical Society signed a partnership agreement for the operation of Goodnow House in 1996.

Goodnow Barn andf Pump
Goodnow Barn andf Pump
Goodnow House From South
Goodnow House From South
Goodnow Kitchen
Goodnow Kitchen
Goodnow Sitting Room
Goodnow Sitting Room
Goodnow Stairway
Goodnow Stairway
Goodnow Thunder Pot
Goodnow Thunder Pot
Ready to Churn, Goodnow House
Ready to Churn, Goodnow House
 
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