Grinter Place State Historic Site

Grinter Place State Historic Site

1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, KS 66111 - United States




Step back to the days of frontier life at this beautiful farmstead overlooking the historic Delaware Crossing on the Kansas River. Grinter Place was the home to Annie and Moses Grinter. Annie was a Lenape (Delaware), Moses operated a ferry and a trading post. Learn more about the life of the Grinters.


Moses and Annie Grinter completed their two-story red brick home in 1857 on a hill overlooking the Kansas River. The oldest home in Wyandotte County, the house is constructed with home-kilned bricks on the exterior and native walnut and white pine on the interior. A parlor, dining room, central hall, kitchen, and three fireplaces are located on the first floor. The second floor consists of a parlor, two bedrooms, and two fireplaces.

The rooms are furnished to resemble those occupied by the Grinters from 1875 to 1900. Only a few of these items belonged to the Grinter family; the rest are antiques authentic to the era. Visitors can see:

-Tall cupboard with open shelves, which Moses acquired in trade when a client could not pay the ferry fee
-Table with decorative pattern; a Grinter family piece
-Two Grinter family Bibles
-Annie’s quilt blocks
-Grinter family photographs
-Lounge with crazy quilt
-Union cavalry sword


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