Grinter Place Tour


grinter place

Last week we toured Grinter Place, a historical site in Kansas City, KS, to experience life in the 1850s at a ferry boat crossing. The Grinter family ran a ferry boat that carried travelers moving westward across the Kansas River. The Grinters also ran a trading post, which allowed them to build the large, beautiful home that is still present on the site.

Our visit began with a tour of the house. The house faces south, and has a lovely view towards the river.

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When the Grinters lived in the house, there were not as many trees as today, so they had a clear view of the river. The house contains furniture and decorative items of the time period, giving visitors a sense of how the Grinter family lived. While in the house, we saw a cabinet that a traveler traded for passage across the river.

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We then learned a bit about quilting and quilt blocks, and the kids had a chance to draw their own quilt blocks.

From there, the kids learned about making biscuits, made butter in a jar, and were able to sample the biscuits and the butter. Delicious!

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We then headed outside to learn about washing day in the 1850s. All the kids took turns carrying the water buckets on a yoke to the well, practicing washing the clothes with lye soap using a washboard, and hanging the clothes on the line.

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We had a great tour, and really appreciate the staff and volunteers welcoming us for our field trip. This is a site well worth the visit!


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