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Ellen GoodnowOverview

Built in the 1860s and furnished with many family belongings, the Goodnow house reflects domestic life in the late 1800s. It also tells the story of freestaters Isaac and Ellen Goodnow, early Manhattan history, and the college that would later become Kansas State University.


After attending a rousing antislavery lecture by Eli Thayer in Providence, Rhode Island, in December 1854, Isaac Goodnow and his brother-in-law, Reverend Joseph Denison, decided to emigrate to Kansas. more

State Historic Site

Goodnow House exteriorIsaac Goodnow's niece, Hattie Parkerson (who the Goodnows adopted after the death of Isaac's sister), owned the house at the time of her death in 1940. The house passed to her friend, Mary Payne, who later donated it and many of the Goodnow's belongings to the Kansas Historical Society. The house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.



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