Emma Kimble House

728 Poyntz | Manhattan, Kansas

 

Tabitha Kimble Houston and her husband Samuel Dexter Houston were most likely the first settlers to the Manhattan area. They migrated west from Illinois with their two children, and built a cabin at Wildcat Creek in December 1853. Tabitha’s brother, Samuel Kimble Sr., came to the area from Ohio shortly thereafter. After working for two or three years, he sent for his wife, Mary, and their five children to join him.

Samuel worked as a carpenter and stonemason at Fort Riley before moving his family west of town to farmstead the Wildcat Creek valley, where, in 1864, he built the very home we elegantly restored and offer today as Prairiewood’s StoneHouse. His holdings eventually amounted to more than 2,200 acres, and in 1890’s “Portrait and Biographical Album of Washington, Clay and Riley Counties,” Samuel was described as “one of the most wealthy and prosperous men of the community.”

In the early 1900s, the Kimbles began using some of that wealth to build houses along Poyntz Avenue, including “Kimble Castle,” completed in 1904, and the Francis Byron (Barney) Kimble House, a more modest but beautiful two-story Queen Anne-style limestone house built in 1911. Older than both of those homes was 728 Poyntz. While it wasn’t built by Kimbles, it was for many years owned and occupied by its namesake. Miss Emma Kimble, youngest daughter of Samuel and Mary Ann, lived here, just two doors down from her big brother, Barney. History shows Emma never married, but regularly had a number of boarders living in her home.

Fully restored in 2005, this home has three apartment units, including one featuring a walk-out balcony. Its Victorian architecture, carefully accentuated with a period-appropriate colors, and its prominent corner location make this an idyllic living experience and an anchor of Poyntz Avenue’s historic past.

In 2006, the Emma Kimble House was awarded the Commercial Maintenance & Preservation Award by the Manhattan/Riley County Preservation Alliance.

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