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The Little White School House, Birthplace of the Republican Party

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Address: 303 Blackburn St, Ripon, WI 54971-1524
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+1 920-748-6764

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A Sweet Piece of History in a Small Wisconsin Town

For a minute $2 fee, this little school house is certainly worth a visit. You can receive a 10-15 minute tour about the history and artifacts of the place. Bryan, the host, was... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2015
Deanna C
Oak Harbor, Washington
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Bettendorf, Iowa
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

We visited the little white school house and it was really entertaining to see all the history that is stored in that building. We were the only ones there when we visited it. Easy to find and fun to visit.

Thank BeachloversIowa
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

We were on our way to the winery in Ripon and found this stop on trip advisor. I'm so glad we stopped! While the young lady working the counter on Tuesday morning was pleasant, she didn't say a word other than ask us how many people we had in our party and how much each of our totals were to... More 

Thank Gabsmom99
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

Fun fact that the birthplace of the GOP is in Ripon, WI. For a $2.00 admission fee there is a brief overview of the history of Ripon and the players that came together to form the party in Ripon. The guide was entertaining and provided a lot of information about the city as well as the historical figures who came... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

Not sure why anyone who wasn't an ardent Republican or was simply passing by would visit this place. We fell upon it quite by accident. I am glad the school house exists and it is very well kept. I am glad I read a little about the reason Republicans formed. BUT...hm. Not a lot going on in there. Interesting little... More 

Thank tressed
Sandwich, Illinois
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Reviewed 31 August 2015

Great little school house and my teens learned something new as did I. $2 fee is reasonable for the tour. Would recommend for a quick stop.

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Oak Harbor, Washington
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Reviewed 13 June 2015

For a minute $2 fee, this little school house is certainly worth a visit. You can receive a 10-15 minute tour about the history and artifacts of the place. Bryan, the host, was well versed in his knowledge of the schoolhouse. It is a quick visit. You learn that there are a few places that call themselves the birthplace of... More 

Thank Deanna C
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Reviewed 20 October 2014

It is a must stop. it doesn't take long and history is something else. and you can go up to the republican house restaurant -- a decent chinese restaurant.

Thank gruen
New Jersey
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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

This place was a bit of serendipity for us and we were lucky to have met a very interesting and competent guide passionate about local history. The Little White Schoolhouse built in 1853 is apparently considered the birthplace of the Republican Party. The interior of the schoolhouse consists of many important artifacts, old school furniture and one can find a... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Recently 12 men were playing golf near Green Lake, WI and took the opportunity to go to Ripon (about 10 minutes away) to visit The Little White School House. We met with the head docent who was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of this place as well as the history of how we got to have the Republican and Democratic... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Well, we went when closed, but it was interesting enough for us to walk there, just behind the hotel. I guess if you are history buff and interested in the Republican Party is worth detour. We were just there.

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