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James Whitcomb Riley Room

James Whitcomb Riley Room
(1849 -1916)

James Whitcomb Riley was known during his lifetime as “The Hoosier Poet" and as “America's Children's Poet.” His 1885 poem, “Little Orphant Annie,” was the inspiration for the famed comic strip and subsequent play and movie. Another poem, “The Raggedy Man,” published in 1888, was the inspiration for the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls.

On Oct. 16, 1883, he spoke in Lebanon, Ohio across the street from the Golden Lamb at the Lebanon Opera House, where the city building is today. Lebanon’s local paper, The Western Star,reviewed his performance stating, “He is a humorist of rare power and fully sustained his reputation as a mirth-providing speaker.”

Two of his former homes in Indiana are now museums dedicated to his life and work. One is in Greenfield, his birthplace, and the other is in Indianapolis where he is buried.

The James Whitcomb Riley Room at the Golden Lamb is on the third floor with one double bed and one queen-size.