Grinter Place State Historic Site

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.

Built in 1857, Grinter Place is the oldest home in Wyandotte County and overlooks the historic Delaware Crossing on the Kansas River. This two-story brick house was built and owned by Annie and Moses Grinter. He operated a ferry across the Kansas River and from 1855 to 1860, Grinter owned a trading post that sold about one hundred sixty types of goods including: clothing, powder and bullets, perfume, sugar, and scissors. These, among other things, were also offered to the Delawares in exchange for cash and furs. The Grinters also farmed, raised poultry and livestock, and planted an apple orchard on their farmstead.

Through the assistance of the Junior League of Kansas City, Kansas, and the Grinter Place Friends, the State of Kansas acquired the site in 1971 and now the Kansas Historical Society administers the former Grinter residence as a state historic site.

Contact Information

1420 S 78th Street

Kansas City, KS 66111

Phone: 913-299-0373


Location Type

Historic Home

National Register of Historic Places

Site Info

Bus / RV Parking

Group Meeting Room

Group Tours



Wheel Chair Accessible