Ottawa/Franklin County, KS
A wonderful mixture of history and beauty await you in Ottawa/Franklin County, Kansas. Located approximately 20 miles south of Lawrence and 45 minutes SW of Kansas City, KS Ottawa is a community blessed with historic architecture, great antique shopping, and fun-filled community events.
In this historic community you can learn about the tragedies in the battle over slavery and see how Kansas was the beginning of the Civil War. Franklin County is included in the Freedoms Frontier National Heritage Area which explores the pre Civil War border wars between Missouri and Kansas, shaping of the Frontier by early settlers and our enduring struggles for Freedom even to present day.
Stop in at the Franklin County Visitor Information Center located at I-35 and Hwy 68. It's open 7 days a week and offers a wealth of information on the local area, in addition to brochures and maps for all of Kansas and beyond. They can also help you plan your vacation or offer services for your local meetings and conventions call 785-242-1411 for more information.
You won't be disappointed, because you can find a little bit of everything in Ottawa and Franklin County.