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Rice-Tremonti Home hosts Order No. 11 Sesquicentennial re-enactments on Sept. 14


Rice Tremonti

The Rice-Tremonti Home will observe the 150th anniversary of the issuance of General Order No. 11 by hosting an all day series of dramatic re-enactments on Saturday, Sept. 14 that will explain how martial law depopulated Jackson County in 1863.

In cooperation with the Jackson County Historical Society, a large group of living historians will recreate several scenarios depicting actual accounts of those who experienced the draconian events and aftermath of General Order No. 11. The order resulted in the complete depopulation of all citizens regardless of their political support for the south or the north from the western border counties of Missouri located within the District of the Border (the Counties affected were Jackson, Cass, Bates & Vernon County, north of the Osage River).

 This will be an all-day event at the Rice-Tremonti Home (10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Admission to will be free during the day, but parking on the grounds will cost $2 per car. A candlelight tour during the evening scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in which groups will be led to several sites where living historians will “bring history alive.”

Cost for the candlelight tour is $10 per person.

Many of Jackson County’s homes and farms were destroyed during this time period in the Civil War. Many say the area had a burnt appearance for years after the war and took on the moniker of The Burnt District.” The Rice family had evacuated to Texas in 1861, prior to issuance of the order. For reasons unknown their 1844 farmhouse survived that dangerous episode of local history. The Rice family returned and reclaimed their property in 1866.

 The Rice-Tremonti Home is located at 8801 E. 66th St. (the corner of 66th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard).

 For more information and to order tickets for the candlelight tours go to the website: www.ordernumber11.org. For more Rice-Tremonti history go to www.rice-tremonti.org.

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