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James Whitcomb Riley Old Home and Museum

Open Now: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open today: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Interesting historical site.

Great experience and history lesson. Informative tour and lovely home. Would like a longer tour... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Jennifer R
Indianapolis, Indiana
Visit a LONG time ago

My piano teacher was a doscent and gave a grand tour. It's a great place to visit for all ages and... read more

Reviewed 25 January 2017
Shelbyville, Indiana
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28 Jun 2018
“James Whitcomb Riley”
13 Mar 2017
“Interesting historical site.”
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250 W Main St, Greenfield, IN 46140-2051
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

The old home and gardens are remarkable keep in good repair. I enjoy looking at the design of the house , furniture and especially the plants and garden. They give you a history lesson on James Whitcomb Riley.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 387indy
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Great experience and history lesson. Informative tour and lovely home. Would like a longer tour with more history.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 25 January 2017

My piano teacher was a doscent and gave a grand tour. It's a great place to visit for all ages and quite historical.

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank 709UStraveler
Reviewed 25 November 2016

I spent a pleasant hour here with an excellent tour guide who told us a great deal about this favorite son of Indiana. Including some pretty juicy gossip. There is a very interesting homespun feeling to the house and the furnishings, many homemade.

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank robcurtross
Reviewed 11 November 2016

James W. Riley is rooted in our Indiana history and to be able to see his home where got his start was "novel". The home has been well preserved and the tour guides are well-versed in his poems and of his life which makes the...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Kimtastic101
Reviewed 23 October 2016

We visited this beautiful home after a family reunion at Riley Park. Our guide Mary was fantastic & so knowledgeable about the home and the family. Beautiful original pieces in the home that the family brought in their wagon or actually made. So happy we...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Mosack
Reviewed 13 October 2016

The Riley Birth Home and Museum is one of the best local destinations and a bargain. The museum offers a great video that gives background on Riley (no relation to this writer). For $2.50 a hostess wearing an apron will give you a detailed tour...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Daniel R
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Step back in time, to when James W Riley was swimming in the creek and writing all the various lines of literature that he'd left for us. Walk through the fabulous and beautiful gardens so many have kept and share with all now! A great...More

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank only1binky
Reviewed 23 August 2016

I have taken several of our out of town visitors to this place, and all have enjoyed the personalized tour of Riley's childhood home.

Date of experience: September 2015
1  Thank pears05
Reviewed 9 July 2016

The home that James Whitcomb Riley lived in as a boy, it is a surprisingly interesting place to visit. A must see if you are a Riley, as well as a Little Orphan Annie fan. The home had changed hands before the City of Greenfield...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Thomas M
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Joyce G
27 April 2017|
Response from 709UStraveler | Reviewed this property |
There is an upstairs, however, my last visit was some time ago and I do not know if the home is wheelchair friendly.