Grinter Place State Historic Site

Grinter Place State Historic Site The home of Annie, a Lenape (Delaware), and Moses Grinter, who operated a ferry and a trading post on the Kansas River.
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In April 1854, three mail contracts were established at Washington, D.C.  The one daily mail service that was approved w...
07/17/2020

In April 1854, three mail contracts were established at Washington, D.C. The one daily mail service that was approved went from Independence, Missouri to St. Joseph, Missouri. The route passed through Grinter’s Ferry.
The other two contracts went from Independence to Santa Fe, New Mexico Territory and Independence to Salt Lake City, Utah Territory. #kansashistory

Photo is of mail delivery in the 1890s.

Martha Vashti Grinter Kirby, one of Moses and Annie Grinter’s daughters, was quoted in the Kansas City Kansan on Decembe...
07/14/2020

Martha Vashti Grinter Kirby, one of Moses and Annie Grinter’s daughters, was quoted in the Kansas City Kansan on December 27, 1929, “…for more than a quarter of a century the Grinters lived in a pioneer cottage near the Grinter trading post, just above the ferry.” After that “quarter century” Moses and Annie built the 1857 red-brick house overlooking the Kansas River that still stands today. #kansashistory

In addition to operating the first ferry over the Kansas River, Moses Grinter ran a trading post.  In a paper, dealing w...
07/10/2020

In addition to operating the first ferry over the Kansas River, Moses Grinter ran a trading post. In a paper, dealing with that trading post, historian Rodney Staab writes, “In about thirty instances Grinter received dry hides, or skins, of elk, raccoon, beaver and probably cattle in lieu of cash payments. The quantity of these skins or hides, as well as the timing of their receipt, reflects seasonal harvesting patterns of the Delaware fur trappers…” #kansashistory
Photograph: Galena Market, between 1880 and 1910.

A large notice appeared in the Leavenworth Times on March 10, 1867 advertising the sale of Kansas lands. They were Delaw...
07/07/2020

A large notice appeared in the Leavenworth Times on March 10, 1867 advertising the sale of Kansas lands. They were Delaware Reserve lands and located along the Union Pacific line. The sale would occur at the Eldridge House, located in Lawrence. 155,00 acres of land in Leavenworth, “Wyandott,” and Jefferson counties were up for sale. #kansashistory

Grinter Place State Historic Site will be closed today, July 3 through Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence D...
07/03/2020

Grinter Place State Historic Site will be closed today, July 3 through Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. #kansashistory

The Delaware moved from Kansas to what is now Oklahoma in the 1860s.  Following that move, The Lawrence Tribune paid tri...
06/30/2020

The Delaware moved from Kansas to what is now Oklahoma in the 1860s. Following that move, The Lawrence Tribune paid tribute to the Delaware on May 27, 1868: “The Delawares were our old neighbors, and many of them were good men. In the early days of Kansas troubles, we found quite a number of them sympathizing with the ‘Free State’ party, and we do not recollect an instance in which they joined the pro-slavery men…” #kansashistory

In addition to bringing Christian religions to the Native Americans, Noble Prentiss, an Atchison newspaper editor, credi...
06/26/2020

In addition to bringing Christian religions to the Native Americans, Noble Prentiss, an Atchison newspaper editor, credits missionaries with inventing phonetic Indian alphabets, creating written languages, compiling dictionaries, and giving them the Bible. Here we see Jotham Meeker, a Baptist missionary, who brought the first printing press to Kansas. #kansashistory

Although she was Delaware, Annie Grinter became a Methodist over time. She and Moses even donated land for a church. Met...
06/23/2020

Although she was Delaware, Annie Grinter became a Methodist over time. She and Moses even donated land for a church. Methodist missionaries were not the only missionaries to work amongst the Indians in the area of Johnson and Wyandotte counties. Baptists, Quakers, Presbyterians, and Roman Catholics also brought their religions to Indian Territory. #kansashistory

In 1845 John C. Fremont led an expedition to the California area.  12 Delaware Indians went along as scouts, and as sold...
06/19/2020

In 1845 John C. Fremont led an expedition to the California area. 12 Delaware Indians went along as scouts, and as soldiers, while in California during the Mexican War. #kansashistory

Grinter Place State Historic Site will be reopening at normal operating hours tomorrow, June 17, with extra precautions ...
06/16/2020

Grinter Place State Historic Site will be reopening at normal operating hours tomorrow, June 17, with extra precautions in place for the safety of our visitors. To learn more visit: kshs.org/18217

Grinter Place State Historic Site
06/16/2020

Grinter Place State Historic Site

Isaac Mundy and his wife Lucy settled in Wyandotte County in 1845.  He served as the area blacksmith and paymaster for t...
06/16/2020

Isaac Mundy and his wife Lucy settled in Wyandotte County in 1845. He served as the area blacksmith and paymaster for the Delaware Indians. #kansashistory
Photo: C.H. Strieby’s Blacksmith Shop, Council Grove. #kansashistory

Grinter Place State Historic Site's cover photo
06/16/2020

Grinter Place State Historic Site's cover photo

May and June of 1844 saw flooding along the Kansas River which destroyed the Delaware Indian Mill, many crops, and a cab...
06/12/2020

May and June of 1844 saw flooding along the Kansas River which destroyed the Delaware Indian Mill, many crops, and a cabin owned by Moses and Annie Grinter. Six months after the flood, the government distributed corn to the tribes whose crops were destroyed: Delaware, Munsee, and Shawnee. #kansashistory

The East Building of the Shawnee Indian Manual Labor School, which still stands in Fairway, was built in 1841.  The buil...
06/09/2020

The East Building of the Shawnee Indian Manual Labor School, which still stands in Fairway, was built in 1841. The building was used as a school, lodging rooms, a chapel and a boy’s dormitory. Moses and Annie Grinter sent their oldest son, William Henry Harrison, to school there. #kansashistory

Annie Marshall Grinter’s mother was Delaware.  They lived on the Delaware Reserve north of the Kansas River. In 1837, 87...
06/05/2020

Annie Marshall Grinter’s mother was Delaware. They lived on the Delaware Reserve north of the Kansas River. In 1837, 87 Delaware, along with Shawnee that lived south of the Kansas River, served as government scouts in the Seminole Wars. Annie married Moses Grinter in 1838 and they built Grinter Place, which still overlooks the Kansas River, in 1857. #kansashistory

Photograph: Delaware Indian Agency location, between 1920-1937.

The Kansas River begins its journey eastward near Junction City, where the Republican River and the Smoky Hill Rivers un...
06/02/2020

The Kansas River begins its journey eastward near Junction City, where the Republican River and the Smoky Hill Rivers unite. Once reaching Kansas City, Missouri, it empties into the muddy Missouri River. #kansashistory

William Henry Harrison Grinter, the oldest son of Moses and Annie Grinter, fought in the Battle of Westport in October 1...
05/29/2020

William Henry Harrison Grinter, the oldest son of Moses and Annie Grinter, fought in the Battle of Westport in October 1864 as a Union officer. After that battle some of the Union soldiers who had been killed were buried in the Huron Indian Cemetery less than 10 miles from his parents’ 1857 house. #kansashistory

William Henry Harrison Grinter, the oldest son of Moses and Annie Grinter, fought in the Battle of Westport in October 1...
05/29/2020

William Henry Harrison Grinter, the oldest son of Moses and Annie Grinter, fought in the Battle of Westport in October 1864 as a Union officer. After that battle some of the Union soldiers who had been killed were buried in the Huron Indian Cemetery less than 10 miles from his parents’ 1857 house. #kansashistory

In August 1841 the Delaware blacksmith shop, near the Grinter Ferry on the Kansas River, burned, destroying nearly all t...
05/26/2020

In August 1841 the Delaware blacksmith shop, near the Grinter Ferry on the Kansas River, burned, destroying nearly all the tools. One year later it was rebuilt at a cost of $140.00 plus $75.00 for tools. #kansashistory
Photograph:Gustaf Berquist’s blacksmith shop in Weskan, between the 1880s and 1890s.

The Grinters deeded two acres of their land for a chapel.  The original church (1868) was built where the present chapel...
05/22/2020

The Grinters deeded two acres of their land for a chapel. The original church (1868) was built where the present chapel stands (SW corner of Swartz Road and South 78th Street). The first ordained minister to preach at Grinter Chapel was James Ketchum (pictured, front row, far left). #kansashistory

We are sad to announce that the Blue Star Museum program, which allows free entry for military families, has been cancel...
05/22/2020

We are sad to announce that the Blue Star Museum program, which allows free entry for military families, has been cancelled for the 2020 season by the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.

Moses Grinter operated a trading post from 1855-1860.  It was located near the Grinter Ferry on the Kansas River south o...
05/19/2020

Moses Grinter operated a trading post from 1855-1860. It was located near the Grinter Ferry on the Kansas River south of the house. Some of the items sold there were: buttons ($.13), coffee ($.50-1.00), dress patterns ($5.00), matches ($.10), sugar ($.50-1.00) and yarn ($.25). #kansashistory

The 1875 Census showed that Moses and Annie Grinter had 280 acres of fenced land and 210 acres which was not fenced.  Of...
05/15/2020

The 1875 Census showed that Moses and Annie Grinter had 280 acres of fenced land and 210 acres which was not fenced. Of the 490 acres, 75 were used to cultivate corn, and 112 for winter wheat.
#kansashistory

The Wyandott Herald on July 11, 1872 reported that the previous Monday (July 8) there was an earthquake which woke up in...
05/12/2020

The Wyandott Herald on July 11, 1872 reported
that the previous Monday (July 8) there was an earthquake which woke up individuals in Secondine. According to the report, “W.H. Grinter, from whom we glean the particulars, says that the shock was as severe as the one felt here in 1867.” W.H. Grinter was the oldest son of Moses and Annie Grinter, of the 1857 Grinter House. #kansashistory

The Wyandott Herald on May 31, 1882 reported the capture of a man named Webster in Washington County, Kansas.  Webster w...
05/08/2020

The Wyandott Herald on May 31, 1882 reported the capture of a man named Webster in Washington County, Kansas. Webster was returned to Wyandotte County by Sheriff Bowling for having stolen “the Widow Grinter’s hogs last winter.” The widow Grinter was Annie Marshall Grinter. Moses Grinter had died in 1878. Over the years, according to various census records, there were hogs, sheep, cattle, mules and horses on the property. #kansashistory

Annie Marshall Grinter was a Lenape (Delaware). Her people had been relocated to the Fort Leavenworth Indian Agency.  Le...
05/05/2020

Annie Marshall Grinter was a Lenape (Delaware). Her people had been relocated to the Fort Leavenworth Indian Agency. Lenape, Kansas is located 14 miles west of the Grinter House. Like Grinter Place, it is along the north bank of the Kansas River. #kansashistory

During the summer of 1830 the Reverend Isaac McCoy and party surveyed the boundary of the Delaware Reserve. His son John...
05/01/2020

During the summer of 1830 the Reverend Isaac McCoy and party surveyed the boundary of the Delaware Reserve. His son John Calvin McCoy founded Westport, Missouri a few years later. In 1832, Anna Marshall Grinter, whose mother was Delaware, came to the area at the age of 12. #kansashistory

In 1831, the same year Moses Grinter established his Kansas River Ferry, the Delaware Indian Mission was founded.  A log...
04/28/2020

In 1831, the same year Moses Grinter established his Kansas River Ferry, the Delaware Indian Mission was founded. A log church was eventually built at what would be present day 2200 North 85th Street. That is just seven blocks west of the 1857 Grinter House which overlooks the Kansas River. #kansashistory

A military road linking Fort Leavenworth with Fort Scott and military posts farther south was constructed in 1842.  It p...
04/24/2020

A military road linking Fort Leavenworth with Fort Scott and military posts farther south was constructed in 1842. It passed over the Kansas River at Grinter Ferry. The road had been surveyed as early as 1837, but construction was delayed until a few years later. #kansashistory

In December of 1843, the Wyandot Indians bought 36 sections of land from the Delaware Indians.  The Delaware gave three ...
04/21/2020

In December of 1843, the Wyandot Indians bought 36 sections of land from the Delaware Indians. The Delaware gave three additional sections of land to the Wyandots out of respect and remembrance of when they were previously helped by the Wyandots in Ohio. #kansashistory

In 1843, the Reverend E.T. Parry wrote to the Western Christian Advocate: “…With the Delawares we have about one hundred...
04/17/2020

In 1843, the Reverend E.T. Parry wrote to the Western Christian Advocate: “…With the Delawares we have about one hundred church members, and perhaps over one third of that number have died happy in the bosom of the church since the commencement of our operations among them…”

Attached map shows the Delaware lands in future Kansas. #kansashistory

In an 1829 Treaty part of the Delaware Tribe of Indians was granted land that became part of Kansas. “The country in the...
04/14/2020

In an 1829 Treaty part of the Delaware Tribe of Indians was granted land that became part of Kansas. “The country in the fork of the Kansas River to the Kansas (Indians) lines and up the Missouri River to Camp Leavenworth; and thence by a line drawn westerly leaving a space ten miles wide, north of the Kanza boundary line for an outlet.” #kansashistory

The Grinter Ferry was the oldest ferry in Wyandotte County, having been established in 1831.   Did you know that over ti...
04/10/2020

The Grinter Ferry was the oldest ferry in Wyandotte County, having been established in 1831. Did you know that over time there were 10 other Wyandotte ferries? #kansashistory

Grinter Place State Historic Site's cover photo
04/09/2020

Grinter Place State Historic Site's cover photo

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1420 S 78th St
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Please note that this post was written before the States new post on the House being closed. So happy that the Grinter House is now open - you can take a tour Wed thru Sat, and hear the history of the oldest standing home in Wyandotte Co. Tours are $6 Adults, $5 Seniors & $3 students.
I lived in Kansas City Kansas for the first 19 yrs of my life and never heard of or have been here. Very sad. I will definitely put it on my list to see if I make a trip back there.
Love this picture of the Grinter House decorated for Christmas.
In about 1971, I and my friends from "Sing Out Heart of America" performed an "Up With People" benefit concert for the Grinter Place to help in renovation, maintenance and to aid it getting on the registry. Hope to visit there again after all these years.