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Hartford House The Hartford House that sets adjacent to the Historical Society Museum is a restoration of a prefabricated house that the early settlers brought to Manhattan in 1855 on the steamboat. Reports sent back east to forthcoming settlers warned them that building materials were scarce in this prairie land, so innovative engineers manufactured these "prefab" homes so that they could be loaded on the steamboats and provide instant housing wherever they landed.


The prefabricated houses consisted of six pieces - four walls and two roof sections - with the doors and windows preinstalled. This particular Hartford House (so named for the steamboat that brought the houses) was discovered when later residents were tearing an old house down and as they were removing the exterior walls they found that there was a another wall structure within which was then revealed to be a complete four-walled enclosure.


Admission: Free Admission
Hours: Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Address: 2301 Clafflin Rd.
Phone: 785-565-6490

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Attractions and Upcoming Events

Riley County Historical Museum

Take a peek at the past through changing exhibits on Riley County history and in the photographs, manuscripts, letters, diaries and records of our research library. Included in the Museum Complex is the 1855 prefabricated Hartford House, the Randolph Jail, and the Goodnow House.

Manhattan, KS Museums

Pioneer Log Cabin

The pioneer museum was built in 1915 as a home and displays agricultural tool exhibits.

Manhattan, KS Museums

Sunset Zoo

The 52-acre Sunset Zoo is home to 13 endangered species as well as many other rare animals. It features the largest outdoor chimpanzee exhibit in Kansas - Chimpanzees of Tanganyika - along the lush African Forest Trail. Visit the Bald eagle's Aerie, BATS!

Manhattan, KS Zoos

Pottawatomie Lake #2

State Fishing Lake No. 2.is located about four miles northeast of Manhattan. Pottawatomie Lake #2 is a scenic lake of about 75 acres that holds nice populations of crappie, largemouth bass and bluegill. The lake also produces impressive strings of channel catfish and holds some very nice walleyes.

Manhattan, KS Recreation

Konza Prairie

In the heart of the Flint Hills, the 8,616-acre Konza Prairie is a rare opportunity to experience the Prairie as the pioneers did during their trek westward. Once a part of the Dewey Ranch, Chicago Industrialist C.P. Dewey acquired the prairie piece by piece during the last quarter of the 1800s. <

Manhattan, KS Nature Preserves

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