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James Whitcomb Riley Collection




  • Riley Old Home Society

    Greenfield is the birthplace and boyhood home of the famed "Hoosier Poet," James Whitcomb Riley. Before his death in 1916, Riley wrote over 1000 poems during his extraordinary literary career, including "Little Orphant Annie" and "When the Frost is on the Pumpkin."

    The Riley Home, where James Whitcomb spent his boyhood years, was built in 1850 by his father, Reuben, and is located at 250 West Main Street. The City of Greenfield purchased this home in 1936 and the Riley Old Home Society was established.

    Today, The Riley Home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open to visitors (April - November).

    Online Collection: James Whitcomb Riley Collection

  • James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

    As the nation's only late-Victorian preservation open to the public, the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home in downtown Indianapolis is a window not only into another era, but also into the personal life of the famed "Hoosier Poet," James Whitcomb Riley. The home showcases many of Riley's personal belongings, including his top hat and cane, a portrait of his beloved dog, Lockerbie, and the desk where he wrote Little Orphant Annie and some of his most famous poems.

    The Riley Museum Home is owned and operated by the Riley Children’s Foundation. Visit www.RileyKids.org.

    Online Collection: James Whitcomb Riley Collection



Last updated by andjsmit on 10/31/2012