Built in the 1870’s, Plumb Place was the family home of Emporia founding father Preston Plumb. Preston became a U.S. Senator and while he spent most of his time in Washington D.C., Mrs. Plumb kept the home and children while becoming active with issues pertaining to women. Senator Plumb died in the early 1890’s while in office. Mrs. Plumb oversaw the massive remodel of the home; adding the pillars to the front of the home and also adding a third floor ballroom. When Mrs. Plumb died in 1920, the Plumb heirs thought it would be appropriate to donate their family home to the YWCA to be used as a home for women. The family also donated $20,000 to move the carriage house forward and convert the space into sleeping rooms. Since Plumb Place opened its doors in 1921, it has remained a refuge for women.