Rice - Tremonti Home - Raytown, MO
Date: 13 September 2019 Type: Historic
Location Title: Historic Home City/State: Raytown, MO
Investigation Times: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Status: Analysis
Sunrise: 06:30 AM Sunset: 07:30 PM
High Temperature: 78°F Low Temperature: 59°F
Sky Condition: Clear Wind: SSW at 6 mph
Humidity: 78% Precipitation: 0%
Lunar Phase: Full % disk visible: 100%
Solar X-Rays: Normal Geomagnetic Field: Quiet
Pressure: 30.23 mmHg
Julie Klos Burch
Julie Klos Burch, Lead Investigator:
We started in Aunt Sophia's cabin with an EVP session. There was a lot of traffic noise. Recorders reviewed so far did not capture any noticeable EVPs in the cabin. Nothing unusual was noted.
We moved to the house. Jennifer got stuck in the downstairs bathroom for a bit. (Our host had just mentioned people got stuck in the bathroom.) An attempt to recreate it showed the door swung readily open and closed several times and later in the evening Becky had no issue getting out. It was noticed that the knob gets stuck when turned all the way in one direction, so that could be a reason for this issue.
In Dr. Tremonti's surgery room, the overhead lights flickered after one of my comments. Our recording contains my comment about it and Becky's confirmation. This only happened once during our time in the room. Jennifer captured a possible EVP in this room which is currently under review. The tricycle REMpod did not activate.
All of us were in the Main Bedroom when we all heard a "glass clinking" noise outside the room. It was determined none of our equipment had caused this noise and it wasn't heard again. Becky was closest to the door and heard this loudly and clearly, but could find no known cause.
In the children room, Becky encountered an infrared anomaly trying to photograph the doll on the bed. We set up a laser grid over the bed area. The tricycle REMpod was placed on the floor and activated a lot in this room. At times it seemed like an uneven floor was the culprit, but when we tried recreating the instance over the same flooring, it did not activate.
We then did EVP work in Dr. Tremonti's archive room. As we were leaving that room, we heard a very loud metal crash (similar to a band cymbal) which was captured on our recording. We were able to find what made the noise behind the door but determined the door stopped short of touching it, none of us touched it, and we could determine no cause for it.
It is a beautiful place with an amazing history and we thank Barb for allowing us to investigate!
Archibald and Sally Rice had moved to Missouri from North Carolina and eventually built a house in this location around 1836. The current Gothic Revival frame farmhouse replaced the original log house in 1844. The farm was about eight miles south of Independence, MO along the Santa Fe Trail and became a popular stop for travelers.
Archibald died in 1849 and his son Elihu Coffee Rice became the owner. In 1850 Elihu married Catherine "Kitty" Stoner White.
Sophia White, Kitty's slave, accompanied her there and lived in a cabin near the home's back door. "Aunt Sophie" remained with the family until shortly before her death in 1896.
As slave-holding southern sympathizers, Rice and his family moved to Texas during the Civil War. For unknown reasons, the house was not destroyed under General Order No. 11. It is believed to be the oldest surviving frame building remaining in Jackson County.
In 1929 the house was bought by Dr. Louis G. Tremonti and his wife Lois Gloria, who sold the house to the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home Association in 1988. The association has restored the home and holds open houses for visitors. The site includes several acres of land, the house, and a replica of a slave cabin referred to as Aunt Sophie's Cabin."