1255 Old State Highway 50 Williamsburg Kansas 66095 US

The four historical self-guided tours to the four corners of Franklin County are offered with a guide map available at the Visitor Information Center at 2011 East Logan in Ottawa, KS. Sites are numbered and accompanied by a brief historical account. Tours cover 40-60 miles. Private property is designated and should be respected.

County road names are in alphabetical order beginning with Allen and Alabama in the southwest corner of the county. East-west road follow the names of Kansas counties: north-south roads follow the names of the states. Half-mile roads are designated as terraces and follow the same name order.

Several major roads still carry their original names – John Brown Highway, Rock Creek, Sand Creek (all east-west roads) and Eisenhower Road (north-south). Highways US-59 and K-68 bisect the county north-south intersecting in Ottawa. These tours follow generally well-maintained county roads – gravel and blacktop. Roads are marked with green and white road signs at intersections. Theft of these signs has been a problem in the past. Roads designated as minimum maintenance should be drive with care in wet weather. None are integral to the tours.

The Marais des Cygnes (Marsh of the Swans) River meanders through the center of Franklin County going west to east and through Ottawa at the Main Street bridge. Called the Osage east of Kansas, it drains into the Missouri River just east of Jefferson City, MO.

Although all four tours feature a number of early or historic structures, many have been lost and are designated only as sites.

The terrain of Franklin County varies between hills, timber and prairie, sometimes abruptly. Streams abound, most feeding into the Marais des Cygnes.

Among the food and rest stops available are Wellsville, Ottawa, Williamsburg, Pomona, Richmond, Lane, and Princeton.

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2050 Idaho Road, Williamsburg, KS 66095, United States 2.63 km
This farm attracts many people by offering seasonal fruits and vegetables year-round. As the newe...
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2050 Idaho Road, Williamsburg, KS, United States 2.63 km
McIntosh Star Pome on the Range Orchards & Winery offers apples, peaches, berries and seasona...
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1797 Indiana Road, Williamsburg, KS, United States 3.46 km
Yankee Puzzle The property has been in the family more than 50 years. The original barn was repla...
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2161 Idaho Rd, Williamsburg, KS 66095, United States 4.12 km
(exit 176, turn right) Year round 25 RV sites, many tent sites at $18 per night. Natural quiet se...
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1375 Rock Creek Road, Williamsburg, KS 66095, United States 4.65 km
(785) 242-3422(785) 242-3422
(785) 242-3422
Timber Lakes is located 260 beautiful timbered acres in east-central Kansas. It offers fishing po...
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1375 Rock Creek Rd Williamsburg, KS 66095 4.65 km
Banquet seating: 200 Kitchen facilities Catering services Additional chairs/tables
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1375 Rock Creek Rd, Williamsburg, KS 66095, United States 4.65 km
• Banquet seating: 200 • Kitchen facilities • Catering services • Additional chairs/tables
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705 Finney Road, Williamsburg, KS, United States 5.81 km
Aurora’s Star The farmhouse, barn and other buildings were built in 1880. The owner’s great...
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1954 Colorado Road, Pomona, KS, United States 5.98 km
Four Seasons/Family Album The block represents four generations of ownership and the four seasons...
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1268 Colorado Road, Williamsburg, KS, United States 6.53 km
Cherokee Star The property has been in the family for more than 20 years and includes 160 acres o...
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309 North East Street, Williamsburg, KS 66095, United States 6.75 km
785-746-8830785-746-8830
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309 North East Street, Williamsburg, KS, United States 6.75 km
Kansas The stone church was purchased in 2000 to house community artifacts. When the museum neede...
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119 Williams Street Williamsburg, KS 66095 6.89 km
785-746-8830785-746-8830
Tue–Sat 11am – Midnight Notes: $7-$15 per person Famous BBQ Fare
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2577 Idaho Road, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 6.93 km
785-242-6797785-242-6797
785-242-8525
Welcome to Camp Chippewa. A Place Where Faith & Fun Come Together. We offer year around facil...
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2577 Idaho Road, Ottawa, KS 66067, United States 6.93 km
Banquet seating: 80-90 • Catering services • Kitchen facilities
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1660 California Road, Pomona, KS, United States 6.93 km
Harvest Star The barn dates back to the 1930s. The 40-acre farm mainly is used as pasture. The bl...
126 W. William St Williamsburg, KS 66092 6.98 km
785-746-5459785-746-5459
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1312 Kentucky Road, Princeton, KS, United States 7.18 km
North Star The property has been in the family since 1893. The barn was built from several barns ...
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1792 Kingman Road Ottawa, KS 7.21 km
Dresden Plate The property has been in the family since 1965. The building was built in 1966, tho...
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1009 Cloud Road, Williamsburg, KS 66095, United States 8.18 km
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