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


Memorial Day to Labor Day Hours:

Fossil Station Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
(closed Sundays and Mondays)

Oil Patch Museum Hours
Daily 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Gernon House & Heym - Oliver House
Summer Hours of Fossil Station or by private appointment

All Entities available by appointment Year Around call
Office 785-483-3637

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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