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Koester House


Set one block south of the Highway 36 and 77 crossroads, the Koester House Museum and Gardens is a beautiful showcase of Victorian life. Charles F. Koester arrived in Marysville on August 7, 1860. In 1876, he married Sylvia Broughten, a local school teacher. He gifted her with the first of his many transformations of the house and grounds for a wedding present. Today, the home contains three generations of furnishings, some of them in their original locations. The gardens contain 12 white bronze sculptures. Several of the trees and flowers can also be seen where Charles planted them. 

Hours of operation: Mon-Sat-10 to 4:00 PM  Sun-1 to 4:00PM April through Oct. We are closed for major holidays.

Follow us on facebook at Koester House Museum & Gardens.

A majority of the posts on our facebook page contain excerpts from the daily diaries that Mr. Koester wrote from 1876 to 1902. It also highlights activities happening at the museum and updates of the various flowers that are growing. 

Public tours will close October 31

After that date, call 785-562-2414 to schedule a private tour.

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