This farmhouse, a current Santa Fe Trails Association Geocache location, was constructed in the 1844 by Archibald and Sarah “Sallie” (Richmond) Rice and has survived as a Gothic-revival wonder. Several log structures—only one surviving to this day as “Aunt Sophia White’s Cabin”— once formed a sizable slave quarter for the extensive Rice family plantation.
The passed along the west side of the accommodating Rice home that travelers mentioned in letters and diaries.
The Archibald and Sarah “Sallie” (Richmond) Rice family home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has changed little in the last century and a half and is a prime example not only for its architectural significance; but, also that it survived the Civil War when nearly every home in Jackson County was burned under an infamous order of martial law. All of the trails west—Santa Fe, Oregon, and California--passed by these structures.
Once a 1,500-acres farm worked by numerous slaves, the Rice home is open to the public as the Rice-Tremonti Home and continues to tell the story of how families living along the western routes aided travelers and were in turn mentioned by diarists.
Rice-Tremonti is the only Jackson County plantation still standing.
Travelers progressed south to the Barnes Enclosure at Cave Spring where they found the perfect campsite.