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Ward Meade Park

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Address: 124 N.W. Fillmore, Topeka, KS
Phone Number: 785-368-3888
Description: Originally a family farm on the Oregon Trail, this six-acre park features...
Originally a family farm on the Oregon Trail, this six-acre park features an early 20th-century town, an elegant Southern-style mansion, botanical gardens and original log cabins.
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flowers in spring are beautiful!

peaceful atmosphere with different colored flowers as far as the eyes can see. simply beautiful.one of the oldest parks here in Kansas. a must see on your visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

peaceful atmosphere with different colored flowers as far as the eyes can see. simply beautiful.one of the oldest parks here in Kansas. a must see on your visit.

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LaGrange, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

There was not much to see. We visited on a Sunday. The sign stated there was a tour 12p and 2p. We arrived at noon only to be informed the tour would be only be at 2. Due to some cold weather, the gardens were not very pretty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Absoluetely a good time for all ages. It's beautiful and larger grounds than I originally thought. I can't wait to renew my vows in the court yard of the mansion . So gorgeous and fun. Love the history and all the different things to see.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We found ourselves in Topeka with some time to fill and stumbled on this Old Prairie Town. What a wonderful surprise! The park consists of several historic structures, several of which had been meticulously deconstructed, pieces numbered, and reconstructed in this lovely setting. For $4 (ahem, senior rate) we got a tour that lasted almost 2 hours, with knowledgeable explanations... More 

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Caseyville, Illinois
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28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

If you are passing through or staying in Topeka, KS (and have time) stop and visit the Ward Mead Historic Park. We got there too late for the tours, but enjoy walking the grounds and seeing the garden. Chester, a staff member, was gracious enough to take time to let us see inside the original family cabin and gave us... More 

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Humble
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Old Prairie Town is a jewel of a park. There are several buildings you can tour with a docent (Mabel was ours, and she had a wealth of information!). Everything is immaculate, and shows the great care the staff and volunteers have for this special place: the grounds, the buildings, and all the articles in the buildings. School age children... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The house tours are nice. The special dinners have been enjoyable with good food and great atmosphere. The village is the best part. School, church, train depot, drug store and school help kids and adults learn about "the old days". Watch for festivals by checking their website.

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Topeka, Kansas
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Weddings, family pictures, (just did have our family pics taken there), history, authentic old buildings. Atmosphere is fun and real. Also offers meeting space. Good parking. Family fun.

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Topeka, KS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We took a group here for a picnic lunch. We then went to the Old Fashion Drug Store where the staff person, Deandra, did a great job taking care of our group. We all tried the "Green River" sodas, and ice cream sundae. I recommend the brown bread ice cream... yum! We had also pre-arranged for an old-fashioned school lesson... More 

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Hutchinson, Kansas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This is a beautiful little gem in Topeka. It is like stepping back in time. The grounds, garden and buildings are meticulously kept. It is great that they have outdoor things like the train caboose, wagon, etc. for kids to climb on and enjoy. The staff is very friendly and fun. The only fees to attend are for the tour,... More 

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