The Newton home of Bernhard and Mina Warkentin was built in 1886-87 and is a splendid example of the Victorian Period. This home offers a glimpse into the way the Warkentins lived, since 80 percent of the original furnishings remain. Interior details include Italian tiled fireplaces, Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers, Lincrusta-Walton wainscoting. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is located at 221 E. First Street. It is open from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tours are available at other times with advance reservation. Admission is $4 for adults and teens and $2 for youth 5-12. For more information or to schedule a tour, call the Newton Convention & Visitors Bureau at 316-284-3642.
The Kauffman Museum offers an indoor/outdoor experience for its patrons. Inside, the museum features permanent displays about the cultural and natural history of the plains and the immigration of Mennonites to Kansas, including the "Save America's Treasures" collection of Mennonite immigrant furniture. A special exhibit, "Sorting Out Race," examines racial identity and stereotypes in thrift store donations. The museum shop offers puzzles and toys for children, wheat weaving, jewelry, books and items produced by local artists. The museum grounds also feature a tallgrass prairie reconstruction, an 1875 house and 1886 barn. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and is located on the corner of 27th Street and North Main Street in North Newton on the campus of Bethel College. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children 6-16. Click here for more information.
Harvey County Historical Society & Museum
The Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives, 203 N. Main, features interactive exhibits including an 1887 furnished one-room schoolhouse, USO/World War 11 piano with more than 4,000 signatures and special exhibits. Feeling nostalgic? Check out the museum's vintage game corner that features a working Pac-Man video game machine that's free for patrons to play. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation.
Downtown Newton Historic Walking Tour
Stroll through time with this walking tour guide for downtown Newton, KS. Meet the cowboys, railroads, buildings and businesses that helped shape our central Kansas community.
Tracing Our Tracks residential stories
Read more about the history of the McKinley Residential Historic District homes featured on the 2016 Tracing Our Tracks tour. Click here.