LOCAL FAVS Local storyteller Roger Heineken shares his favorite recommendations for visitors who want to see Emporia’s historic side.
“Soden’s Grove dates back before statehood and signifies how water power was central to Emporia’s development, as an anchor for our trade center and as privately owned land used as a public green space.”
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN EMPORIA Designated as a Historic District, downtown Emporia (300-1200 block of Commercial St.) is the place to go for local nightlife,
“The ruin of Monkey Island rests vividly in the imagination of generations of Emporians. The WPA
cuisine, coffee, antiques and boutiques. With more than 17 architectural styles, including the Spanish Colonial Revival of the Historic Granada Theatre, a stroll down Commercial Street is an architecture lover’s dream.
Rhesus monkey exhibit addition to Peter Pan Park gave way to the Emporia David Traylor Zoo we know
PHOTO CREDIT/Carol Miller
LYON COUNTY HISTORY CENTER The new Lyon County History Center (711 Commercial St.) is more than a museum, it is a place to discover and share your history. With a Kid's Zone and a model train, this center is fun for all ages. You will
“Since Civil War days, Emporia has honored its veterans, so much so, that
experience history and connect with stories in new and memorable ways through guest speakers and traveling exhibits. Come be inspired in this community center. Insightful conversations start here.
Veterans Day holiday in 1953.”
Listen to free summer concerts in Fremont Park as the Emporia Municipal Band plays American standards in a Norman Rockwell
it would eventually prompt the creation of the national
HOWE HOUSE & WELSH FARMSTEAD Built in 1867 by a Welsh immigrant stone-mason, this historic limestone home is one of the oldest in Emporia, and features original architecture and furnishings. Info and tours by appointment. (315 E. Logan Ave., 620-340-6310 for appointment)
setting. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music and fireflies. Or enjoy the Emporia Symphony Orchestra. This ensemble is made up of community and university musicians and performs a repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary at Albert Taylor Hall as well as other venues.