Red Rocks State Historic Site

Red Rocks State Historic Site

927 Exchange St., Emporia, KS 66801 - United States




William Allen White was a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, editor of The Emporia Gazette, and political adviser to presidents. He and his wife, Sallie, hosted five presidents at Red Rocks including, Theodore Roosevelt. Their son, William Lindsay White, was a well-known radio broadcaster and later an editor of the Gazette. They connected with famous people like H. G. Wells and Albert Einstein. You're in good company when you visit Red Rocks. Named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas People.


Red Rocks exhibits are featured in the visitor center, and on two floors of the White's house.

Visitor Center
Begin your tour in the visitor center, located behind the White home. Exhibits tell the story of the White family and William Allen White's legacy as an editor and the Sage of Emporia. Browse a selection of Kansas gifts and books in the store while waiting for your tour to begin. Explore the grounds and garden, where a lily pond has been recreated similar to one the Whites enjoyed when they lived in the house.

Red Rocks
The house is furnished with many items that belonged to the White family, including books, art, and items the Whites collected during their world travels. See the bed where presidents and famous dignitaries, such as Theodore Roosevelt, slept. Browse photos of White with Albert Einstein, Theodore Roosevelt, and Herbert Hoover.


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