Visiting A Little Lenape History
Yesterday was a good day, despite the fact it was long and very hot. I went to the Annie and Moses Grinter House. Annie was a Lenape Indian who married Moses Grinter. Their house, the oldest house in Wyandotte County, is now run by the historical society. Inside the house was a magnificent man named Joe. He was a great person who gave me a wonderful tour of the house. He was very familiar with the Lenape history which I found to be quite refreshing.
The house contained several original artifacts which had been passed down through the family, including a beautiful quilt. I was really excited to see these artifacts and grateful to finally embrace a taste of visual Lenape history.
After my great tour, I walked to the White Church which I had mentioned before in a previous post. Imagine my disappointment when I discover the White Church has now been converted to a daycare center. I was elated after my previous tour and immediately deflated upon discovering the state of this church.
I knocked on the door to see if I could take a look inside of the church but it was obviously a huge problem. Since it is now a daycare, they do not allow people to tour the building until after childcare hours. They invited me to come back at a later time but that is impossible since I needed to walk to my lodging for the evening.
On a small high note, there was a cemetery next to the church where several Lenape, some missionaries and pioneers were buried. I spent some time in the shade of whatever trees were there and meditated on my Trail. As I looked over some of the graves, I found a headstone for Captain Ketchum, Chief of the Delawares. This was a fantastic discovery!
After spending some time to pay my respects and mediate on the Trail I had to press onward to my hotel which was 8 miles away. I arrived late in the evening and was able to rest. All in all it was a good day and I was happy.