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“Take a step back in time”
Review of Ward Meade Park

Ward Meade Park
Ranked #11 of 53 things to do in Topeka
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 January 2012

Ward Meade park is an old prairie town brought back to life. There are several community events held there throughout the year. My favorite is the Holiday Happenings Christmas dinner held the first weekend in December. Volunteers dress up in period clothing, a feast is served while musicians play harps and other stringed instruments, cookies baked over an open fire are served, and you can take a short ride on the pull cart at the old depot. The Cider Festival and the Tulip Festival are also wonderful times to visit this location.

1  Thank breoni
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Reviewed 3 November 2011

If you want Solitude this is the place to go to in the Fall

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Reviewed 12 October 2011

Old Prairie Town is a pleasant way to pass the time if you're passing through Topeka and on a short time frame. Located all Ward-Meade Historic Site, Old Prairie Town offers the visitor a glimpse of turn-of-the century living. The village features recreations of vintage buildings that include a log cabin, livery stable, barber shop, drug store, dental and doctor offices, a church and old train station. Potwin's Drug Store has a working soda fountain and you can opt for a milkshake or order the more traditional cherry phosphate, sasparilla, or green river soda. The town is adjacent to a lovely botanical garden that has 500 varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees. A footbridge, water garden and gazebo add to the charm. I recommend Old Prairie Town for all ages. We visited on a Monday when most other museums were closed. You can walk around on your own for free or pay for a guided tour.

3  Thank NLKelly_10
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Reviewed 3 January 2011

For the past two Decembers, my fiance and I have purchased tickets for the "Holiday Happenings" events at Ward Meade. For $30, you get a FULL holiday meal with all the fixings (you can bring in your own wine, if you prefer). Live period music is played by a quartet during dinner. All the volunteers are dressed in period costume and there is a great Santa / Father Christmas. After dinner, you get to explore the grouds and there are things to do in nearly every building. Home-baked ginger cookies over a fire in the cabin, hand-cart rides at the Train Depot, hot fudge sundaes at the pharmacy, and shopping at the general store. We even took in a spelling lesson from the teacher in the school house, and heard a performance in the old church. The tickets go on sale in the summertime through the county's park and rec, so plan early!

5  Thank breoni
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Reviewed 18 August 2010

We stopped to see Old Prairie Town and the small Botanical Garden at Ward Meade Park and were very happy that we did. We toured the buildings with a delightful lady who told us about the history of each and then enjoyed a Green River icecream drink at the working old fashioned soda fountain. The General Store held a nice selection of gifts and they also host Victorian dinners in the mansion and hearth cooked meals in the log cabins at certain times of the year.

2  Thank ChristiKC
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