Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site
Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, located on the Oregon Trail in Topeka, Kansas, is a 6-acre historic site that includes the Ward-Meade Botanical Garden, preserving the family history of one of the earliest settlers in the area.
The grounds are open daily from 8 AM to Dusk. At the Potwin Drug Store, sit at the marble counter and order a soda fountain treat, and shop for vintage-era candy! The Mulvane General Store allows visitors to step back in time to a mercantile setting with a décor of "yesterday," featuring gift items that reflect either the Victorian period or a Kansas theme. The Potwin Drug Store and The Mulvane General Store are both open Monday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM and Sunday noon-4 PM.
Every season brings a different beauty to the 2.5 acre Ward-Meade Botanical Garden. The garden is home to a National Daylily Display Garden which blooms beautifully each June as well as a National Hosta Display Garden. A popular special event in the garden is Tulips at Twighlight each year during Tulip Time in April. See more than 30 larger than life lighted floral displays as you walk among 25,000 tulips illuminated by luminarias. This quiet and peaceful place also includes a water garden with a footbridge, a gazebo and benches. Those who choose a self-guided tour of the gardens will find more than 500 varieties of flowers, shrubs, and trees, all labeled with their botanical names. The outdoor locations are so visually rich the entire park is a popular spot for area professional photographers looking for just the right natural setting for portraits. The site also is a meeting place for area garden clubs and for those who enjoy lunch around the picnic tables.
This historic 1880 Everest Church building was moved to Old Prairie Town from Everest, Kansas. The last worship service in this building took place on June 24, 2001. The Santa Fe Train Depot was moved from its original location in Pauline south of Topeka, offers visitors a look at railroad memorabilia and state-of-the-art rail accommodations circa 1900. A one-room schoolhouse moved from nearby Rossville, is fully operational and a favorite stop for touring elementary schoolchildren. It is a great location for birthday parties and schoolhouse sessions.
Hours of Operation:
Grounds open daily from 8 AM to Dusk
Guided Tours Monday-Friday 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, Saturday 12 PM, 2 PM, Sunday 2 PM
Office hours Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Fees for Guided Tours- Adults $5, Seniors 55+ $4, Children (ages 6-12) $3, under 5 is Free
(Groups of 15 or more by reservation only)