The Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home Association formed in 1988 as a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization with a mission to restore and preserve this historic landmark.


The all-volunteer group holds a variety of events opening the house to the public over the year. 


While the city of Raytown holds title to the property, the Friends of Rice-Tremonti are responsible for all fund-raising, preservation activities and ongoing maintenance.

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THE HISTORY

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The Rice-Tremonti Home dates from 1844 and was built on the Santa Fe Trail, by the Archibald Rice Family and their company of enslaved individuals. The family provided animal feed for westward travelers and was a place of respite for the travelers.


The house survived the ravaged of the Civil War and continued as an operating farm well into the 20th Century. 


For a private tour call Leigh Elmore at 816-510-8179.

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THE VENUE

THE FRIENDS

The Rice-Tremonti Home is available for  your small- to medium-sized get- togethers, such as receptions, birthday parties, bridal showers, family gatherings and even weddings.

Enjoy your event in an historic setting!

Facilities include two downstairs parlors, the dining room and catering kitchen. Outdoor events are also possible.

For rates and availability contact Leigh Elmore at leighroi@kc.rr.com or call him at 816-510-8179. 



Raytown's Festival of the Trails

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Crafters fill the lawn, house tours, food trucks, blacksmith, Missouri Free Trappers, Buffalo Soldiers. See below:

2nd Annual Raytown's Festival of the Trails

Saturday, September 10, 2022

10am - 5 pm

Events are free to attend; donations appreciated 

At Rice-Tremonti:


  • Bake Sale, whole pies and ice cream treats. Fundraiser for Rice-Tremonti
  • Working Blacksmith, hearkening William Ray, namesake of Raytown
  • Buffalo Soldiers (1-3pm)
  • Craft Fair
  • Food Trucks and Dining Tent
  • Home tours (scheduled periodically)
  • Kids' Crafts
  • Kids' Games (hosted by Connection Point Church)
  • Living Historians
  • Missouri Free Trappers
  • Sophia White Portrayal (1:30-3pm)
  • Windy Hollow Historical Band
  • Wool Spinning and Butter Churning demonstrations


At Abiding Faith, 6700 Raytown Road, 4-5 pm:


  • Slave to Soldiers: Untold Story 
  • Civil War/ Cathay Williams
  • Buffalo Soldiers
  • 25th Infantry (Bicycle Corps)
  • WWI / WWII / 6888 Women's Central Postal Battalion


At Raytown Live, Greenspace in Town Center, Downtown Raytown:

10009 62nd Street / 4:30-8pm


  • Food for purchase
  • Kids' Games
  • ​Cornhole Tournament
  • Live Music, Nick Schnebelen ( 6pm)


Drop by Crane Brewing, 6515 Railroad Street and the NewzRoom Café, 6020 Blue Ridge Blvd. throughout the day for food deals. 


For more details e-mail the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce at staff@raytownchamber.com.