James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home & Museum

iconThe Reading with Riley Statue will be a permanent reminder of Indiana's Bicentennial. A bronze likeness of Riley will be seated on a bench in front of the Riley Boyhood Home in Greenfield. Visitors will be able to sit next to the poet, and take a photo or two.

By making a donation you will help secure a piece of artwork that will be a permanent remembrance and *signature piece* of Indiana's Bicentennial year.


Upcoming Events!

Remembering Riley 1849-1916

One hundred years ago, on July 22, 1916, the entire country was stunned to learn the passing of the great Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley.

One hundred years later, Riley's hometown of Greenfield – "Remembers Riley" and marks his passing. The James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home will be draped in black to honor Riley's memory. On this day, we "Remember Riley" - you may begin tours of the home during normal business hours from 11am to 4pm. (last tour begins at 3pm), and the first 50 visitors will receive a commemorative print of Riley's poem, "Away." Regular admission fees will apply. However, you may visit the Riley Museum (the yellow house next to the Riley Boyhood Home) free of charge. Inside there will be a special display of items and pictures from Riley's funeral from 100 years ago, and you may sign the official "Remembering Riley Memorial Book" with memories of your favorite Riley poem or Riley story.

Date: Friday, July 22, 2016 11am - 4pm
Location: James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home
250 West Main Street Greenfield

Remembering Riley Wreath Laying

Join us as we remember the Hoosier Poet, James Whitcomb Riley, on the 100th Anniversary of his death - July 22, 1916. Greenfield Mayor, Chuck Fewell, will be laying a wreath at the base of the Riley statue and issuing a proclamation for the day. Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagoner will be on hand to read the Riley poem, "Away."

Date: Friday July 22, 2016 9am
Location: Riley Statue Hancock County Courthouse
9 East Main Street Greenfield


The James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum are owned by the City of Greenfield and operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. The Boyhood Home, birthplace and boyhood home of the famed "Hoosier Poet", will take you back to life in the 1850's and '60's. The museum provides an opportunity to view many original works of Mr. Riley and visit the gift shop.
The Boyhood Home and Museum are located at 250 West Main Street. Both are open for visitation  the 1st Tuesday of April to the last Saturday of October, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Sunday, Monday, and major holidays).
Tours are led by the Riley Home Hostesses. School groups are welcome! For more information or to schedule a group tour, call (317) 462-8539 during open dates, (317) 477-4340 any other time. Special group tours are available during non-open times by calling (317) 462-8539 The last time slot for tours is 3:15 PM.
 If you have a group and would like to schedule a special Pixy Garden program, that can be scheduled with at least 2 weeks notice.
250 W. Main Street
Greenfield IN 46140
Phone: 317-462-8539

Hours of Operation:
Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Adult  $4.00
Seniors  $3.50
6-17 $1.50
Student Tours $1.00
Under 5 FREE!
Payment can be made in the form of cash or check.
Facilities at this Location
  • Gift Shop
  • Restrooms