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Nicodemus National Historic Site

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Address: 304 Washington Ave, Nicodemus, KS 67625-3015
Phone Number:
+1 785-839-4233

The National Park Service has a temporary Visitor Center in the Nicodemus...

The National Park Service has a temporary Visitor Center in the Nicodemus Township Hall located south of the Roadside Park off Highway The Visitor Center has exhibits, an audio-visual program, and a bookstore. Also, don't forget to stamp your Passport while you're there! The Visitor Center is the only one of the five historic buildings fully accessible to the public, but the foyer of the AME Church has been opened to allow visitors to view the interior. If you would like to explore the town on foot, a walking tour brochure is available. Want to know more about Nicodemus? Make an appointment to visit our research library located at 510 Washington Avenue.

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Iimportant History Lesson

I stood there listening to the caretaker of this historical monument tell his story of visiting Nicodemus while in the military and then coming back years later to marry the girl... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
Berkeley, California
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Westville, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

There is a lot of walking. It is so totally worth it to learn about the first black settles from one of their ancestors. The last week of July is the time to go. They have an emancipation celebration. The old buildings are in the process of restoring. Right now you can only go in one. The rangers and descendent's... More 

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I stood there listening to the caretaker of this historical monument tell his story of visiting Nicodemus while in the military and then coming back years later to marry the girl he met there. While on leave at Hays, Kansas he was a victim of so called sundown laws, ordinances passed that prohibited any black person from being out n... More 

Thank Pfitzgerald1946
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I've been to a lot of National Historic Sites in my lifetime and Nicodemus holds a special place in my heart. This is all thanks to yet another wonderful National Park Ranger employee, Phyllis. My friend and I were going to be about 10 minutes late to Nicodemus. We called ahead to see if they would mind staying open a... More 

Thank Lia D
Kent, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

We were visiting family in the area and needed a break from family. Our expectations were not very high when we went. Not only did it exceed our expectations, it blew us away. For a small town almost in the middle of nowhere it offers an excellent history of the area and the African American settlement. It is well worth... More 

Thank Senioronabudget
Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016 via mobile

Kansas does not have the same number of National Park Service locations as many other states enjoy. My family plans to visit all that are available. Toward that end, we made the drive to Nicodemus one Saturday afternoon. The town was settled by former slaves seeking a better life after the Civil War. There are several original buildings to view... More 

Thank KansasTraveler156
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

Visited in August 2015. I nice stopover. Fascinating to learn the history, culture and stories. Park rangers were insightful and helpful.

Thank Jerry G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

The entire town is a landmark! The history, the stories, the awesome history. This is a hidden treasure. Wow!

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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

This is one of the most interesting sites I've ever visited. It is one of the places along Highway 183 (including Fort Larned) that visitors traveling along Interstate 80 can reach if they will just turn off the highway and choose to accept a slower pace. The rewards are immense! The visitors' center has what would surely be an award... More 

Thank Randy L
Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015

My wife, two young boys, some friends, and I all went and visited Nicodemus NHS in mid October 2015. We were staying in Hoxie and decided we were more likely to visit Nicodemus while staying in Hoxie, than we would had we just been cruising down I-70. I'm glad we didn't get off I-70. The Site consists of several buildings... More 

Thank mikeindenver_303
Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015 via mobile

We toured Nicodemus and really enjoyed it. Not only does it have interesting information on the lives and circumstances of newly freedmen, it also told the story of how the frontier was settled. Old posters advertised for groups that would set out to found a town. Meet at the train station at such and such a time and off the... More 

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