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Goodnow House - Plan your visit

Goodnow House tells the story of freestaters who founded Manhattan. Isaac Goodnow and his wife, Ellen, built this unique stone farmhouse. He started the Kansas State Teachers Association and established the college that became Kansas State University. Learn more about the Goodnows at this native stone residence and barn. Operated in partnership with the Riley County Historical Museum.

Goodnow House interior


  • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Friday
  • 2 - 5 p.m. Saturday - Sunday
  • Closed holidays


  • Suggested contribution: $2 adults; $1 students; Kansas Historical Foundation members and children five and younger admitted free
  • Portions ADA accessible. Please notify us prior to your visit if you or a member of your party requires accommodation for special needs or disabilities.

Admission for tour groups

  • Group rates with prior notice


History of Goodnow House

Local travel links

Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

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