Mitchell House has interesting story all its own


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Third and last in the Places in History series. Thursday's edition of the Daily Reporter had an overview of the downtown Greenfield historic district. Friday's story was of the Benbow home at Grant and East streets.

 

GREENFIELD — Each year, hundreds of people pass through the doors of the Mitchell House in downtown Greenfield. It’s a landmark, destination and one of the county’s largest tourist attractions.

Doesn’t sound familiar? That’s because today it’s known as the Riley Home Museum, the yellow house next door to James Whitcomb Riley’s boyhood home. It houses a gift shop, additional Riley memorabilia not on display in Riley’s home and stores part of the Riley collection not in circulation.

While the house is well-known for its new role, it has an interesting history all its own.

The four-bedroom, two-bath Queen Anne at 244 W. Main St. was built for the Mitchell family in 1894 on grounds that were once part of the Rileys’ property..

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