Dietrich Cabin

2017 Dietrich Cabin Living History Schedule to be Announced Soon

Watch our Upcoming Events page for more information about Dietrich Cabin events in 2016! The cabin can be opened by appointment. Please call (785) 242-1232. Please note that the cabin does not have heating or cooling.

About Dietrich Cabin

A view of the fireplace in Dietrich Cabin. Jacob and Catherine Dietrich's wedding photo is displayed on the mantel.

A view of the fireplace in Dietrich Cabin. Jacob and Catherine Dietrich’s wedding photo is displayed on the mantel.

Dietrich Cabin was built in 1859 by Jacob and Catherine Dietrich. It was originally located southwest of present-day Princeton. One hundred years later, it was moved to City Park near 5th and Main streets in Ottawa, Kansas. The cabin stands as a tribute to the Dietrich family and the hundreds of other early pioneers who came to Franklin County.

Shortly after Elsie Gault, a granddaughter of the Dietrichs, donated the cabin to the Franklin County Historical Society, volunteers began to restore the cabin to its 1859 appearance. In 1961, the cabin was a focal point of Franklin County’s celebration of the Kansas Centennial. It has been open to the public ever since.

Restoration: An Ongoing Process

In 2013, Tim Wilson and his sons came to Ottawa to replace rotted logs and rechink the walls. The Wilsons come from Gilman City, Missouri, and are expert cabin restorers and builders. The slideshow below features photographs taken during the project.

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