The Gernon House. Nicholas Gernon, one of the colonists to settle Russell, built Gernon House in 1872. In 1871, Gernon, a blacksmith, came with The Northwest Colony from Ripon, Wisconsin to establish a new  community. Gernon and other colonists lived in the railroad boxcars that brought them until they could build their homes.

Due to the lack of  available trees and lumber, the colonists were forced to use local limestone for construction. Many of these homes are still in service,  as well as the courthouse, Fossil Station Museum, schools, and other  prominent buildings. The walls in many cases measure over 24”  thick.  Several sidewalks were laid using limestone and are still visible today.

The house has been beautifully restored to its original condition and is a must see for visitors. The Gernon Blacksmith Shop site is adjacent to the house.

808 Kansas Street
Tours originate at Fossil Station Museum



11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Saturday and 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Sunday


4:00 PM - 8 PM


Museum & House open WEEKENDS 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Oil Patch Museum Closed Labor Day - Memorial Day

Off season visits and school tours are welcome. Please contact Russell Historical Society 785-483-3637 or
Russell Convention and Visitors Bureau 785-483-2828

The Russell County
   Historical Society & Genealogy Society

Russell County Historical Society and Genealogy Society
P. O. Box 245 or 331 Kansas Street Russell, Ks 67665
Phone (785) 483-3637

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