Cray Historical Home Museum - Atchison, Kansas
The Cray Historical Home Museum in Atchison, Kansas was established in 1978, but was closed for renovations during the years when I made repeated trips to Atchison to visit all of its attractions for this web site. But it is open again and well worth a visit. The 25 room Victoria mansion is very ornate and nicely furnished. We were taken on a tour of the home where we were told a bit more than we needed to know about who donated which item, but it really was interesting.
As with most old Atchison homes, there is a ghost story about the museum, but it is about the gift shop in the carriage house, rather than the main building. When the possessions of the late founder of the museum were moved from the carriage house and it was turned into a gift shop and projection room, ghosts reportedly messed repeatedly with the videotape and speakers. That only stopped after some of the those possessions were placed on display in the top most room of the home's imported Scottish tower. Learn more about Atchison's haunted houses on the Haunted Atchison Trolley Tours.
The Cray Historical Home Museum was built in 1882 by the banker W.W. Hetherington. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is operated by a private trust.
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