Dietrich Cabin

2023 Dietrich Cabin Schedule


Dietrich Cabin is open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of June, July, and August, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Admission is free; donations are always appreciated. Tours are also available by appointment. 

The cabin can also be opened by appointment. Please call (785) 242-1250 or reach us through our Contact form. Please note that at this time, the cabin does not have heating or cooling.

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.

About Dietrich Cabin

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 tells the story of the Dietrich family and hundreds of other early settlers 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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