Trail End State Historic Site

Trail End State Historic Site

Trail End State Historic Site
4.5
Historic SitesState ParksHistory Museums
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Trail End State Historic Site is a fully furnished historic house museum that interprets the time period 1913-1933. Visitors step back into time to catch a glimpse of what life was like for John B. Kendrick, a rancher politician, and his family. Hours: April 1- May 31: 1:00-4:00pm daily June 1-August 31: 9:00 am- 6:00 pm daily September 1-December 14: 1:00-4:00pm daily Closed: Veteran's Day Thanksgiving Day December 15-March 31
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Bergmom
Duluth, Minnesota406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We walked thru this house on a recent visit and found it really interesting. There’s so many cool old/original items to look at and they do a good job of posting informative plaques so you can take a self-guided tour at your own pace. And for a $8/person (non resident) fee, we felt like it was well worth it. The grounds are beautiful as well.
Written June 9, 2023
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SaltyKansan
Kansas1,385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Our group of 6 all agreed that this underrated State historical home is worth the stop. A well managed and maintained facility inside and out, the organization is impressive. The introduction and tour showed high professionalism. Take your time to notice all of the beautiful and fun detail and don’t neglect the fabulous grounds!
Written September 13, 2020
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Thank you so much for visiting, and for taking the time to review us! We are so glad you enjoyed your tour!
Written September 15, 2020
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Heath M
Brigham City, UT71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Really neat spot, especially if you are fascinated with history. Fascinating to learn about this family and see so many of the furnishings and belongings preserved.

Be prepared to pay (it is cheaper for WY residents). We had a baby in a stroller - do not recommend. We were scolded a bit by the museum employee when we came in with the stroller. Definitely use a baby carrier if you have an infant with you. Take extra time to roam the peaceful grounds surrounding the mansion. Consider ending your trip with a stop at nearby Kendrick Park and get some ice cream.
Written October 17, 2022
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Jacqueline F
Eagle, ID72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
One of my favorite stops on our 24 day RB trip! This house was so beautiful and interesting. Built in 1913 - research
The history of the family and go!!’worth it with very sweet ladies to answer all your questions, although due to Covid they don’t provide quotes tours but self tour worked just fine. Thoroughly modernized 1913 home for the era.
Written August 27, 2020
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skepticmom
Richardson, TX42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011
As far as large, historic houses are concerned, this tops my list. While my teenagers were not thrilled at the prospect of walking through an old house, they were fully engaged by the end. Not only is the house huge, beautiful, and lovingly restored, but you can access so much of it. You can actually walk through many rooms, including the magnificent upstairs ballroom. My teens found themselves imagining what it would be like to live in such opulence. Also, the servant quarters are on the self-guided tour and do a good job of showing how the staff lived and worked. If you find yourself in Sheridan, WY, it's definitely worth a look.
Written September 22, 2011
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CarolTCK
Manassas, VA68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
I am a huge fan of historic homes, and this was one of the best I have been to in awhile. The house is stunning, the views breathtaking, the grounds immaculate. I must have taken 308093 photos (although no flash photography inside), and still revel the thought of looking through them to walk down memory lane. I bought a fantastic book to learn more about this family, and would go back again any time.
Written March 9, 2014
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GingerBC
Ennice, NC129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
I love touring historic homes and this one was no exception. The time and effort that went into the construction is impressive. Hand painted walls, rugs loomed to repeat the wall design. An especially large kitchen to make meal prep more efficient. Very meticulous work in the construction and in the continuing restoration and upkeep. I especially loved the third floor ballroom. What parties it must have seen!
Written September 2, 2013
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piacere
Eagle, ID462 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
We had a couple of hours to invest in historical sights during a mid afternoon arrival in Sheridan and headed strait to Trail End which was open until 6p.m. The 1913 constructed mansion and carriage house both sit on nearly 4 beautiful acres in a residential neighborhood near downtown Sheridan. Built by and once home to Texas born cowboy turned self made man John Kendrick who became a Wyoming State Senator, Governor and then in 1916 Wyoming's US Senator, the property is now owned and operated by the State of Wyoming as a historic site.

One of the things that makes this such a well maintained, fabulous tour back in time is that it was owned continually by the Kendrick family until the last member, John Kendrick's son Manville, moved on in the early 1960's at which time the state acquired it.

Although the carriage house is now leased to a theater group and no longer open to tour, the entire 13,748 square foot mansion and all of the grounds are open to the public. See their website for hours which change seasonally.

GOT A KICK OUT OF THIS "DO AS I SAY..."
My husband and I noted during our walk about of the house that although Governor Kendrick supported legislation in Wyoming that limited alcohol and then as U.S. Senator he voted in favor of the January 1919 ratification of 18th Amendment which resulted in Prohibition effective January 1920 (until repeal in 1933 through passage of the 21st Amendment) neither he nor his wife believed Prohibition applied to them or their guests. In fact there was a grand for its' time liquor storage cabinet built in behind paneling in the main entry hall. In addition, an elevator shaft they built but in which they did not install an elevator, was used for storage for their fine wine collection.

FAVORITE ROOMS & FEATURES
Worth a linger for me were the butler's pantry and kitchen on the first floor, the stellar for its' day powder bath on the first floor and the maid's quarters and bath on the upper floor. Oh, and that liquor storage behind the paneled wall of the entry of course. :-) Plus the detail and craftsmanship in the woodwork throughout the house, in particular the office, living room, main hall and ballroom, are beautiful. Photos are allowed but without flash so couldn't capture this for postiing images.

BOTTOM LINE:
Touring this house and the grounds was a delightful way to spend a couple of hours in Sheridan and the highlight of our relatively lowlight stop over there. We recommend it. Even children will likely enjoy this.

THIS N THAT:

1) ENTRY FEE: into the mansion is only four bucks, two bucks if you have a Wyoming driver's license. No fee required to walk the lovely grounds.

2) PARKING: two spots of accessible (aka ADA) parking are at the back of the mansion near an accessible ramp. Otherwise you need to park on street in the neighborhood in which the mansion is located and make a relatively short walk up the driveway to the front door.

3) ACCESSIBILITY: Good news for folks like me who can't climb stairs (I have MS), all four floors of the mansion are accessible by an (small and ancient but it works) elevator. Come up the ramp the back of the building to avoid the stairs at the front. You'll enter the back door at which there is a button to push to ring the docent who will promptly let you in. Nice.
Written June 19, 2013
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jacbalt
Baltimore, MD64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Friends
The grand home of John Kendrick, a self-made businessman, whose success in ranching and real estate made him a WY legend. He was a penniless ranch hand that made his fortune by building large herds of cattle, then parlayed success in business to success in politics. Elected Governor around the time of prohibition, he planned ahead and built this house with hidden doors and secret ways to store his wine and liquor purchased in large quantities before prohibition went into effect. Kendrick later went on to serve three terms as a U. S. Senator from Wyoming. His home is pretty much as it was in 1933 - set to entertain a lovely dinner and then relocate for conversation afterwards in the living room/game room. Be sure to go to the 3rd floor and walk around the grounds for a beautiful view of Big Horn Mountains. $4 per person entry (out of state), $2 in state. On the Trolley route. Short drive on West 5th Street and you'll find directional markers. Parking is on the street.
Written July 25, 2012
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Joseph L
Halsey, OR39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Couples
Beautifully preseved mansion built by an 1800's cattle baron. This is a worthwhile stop if you are in the Sheridan area. The ladies especially will appreciate the details of this beautiful stone mansion.
Written January 6, 2012
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