Located in the Victorian Village of Cambridge, New York, The Rice Mansion Inn was built in 1903 for seed tycoon of-the-era, Jerome B. Rice, and his wife Laura. Rice Mansion InnMr. and Mrs. Rice moved into the Manse January 1904, while small work continued into the summer of 1905 including curbing and iron gates at the entrance.
Then on Wednesday, October 25, 1905 the Rice’s hosted and open house for some 400 villagers or more—it is suggested that many arrived uninvited. Mr. Rice was the President of the Rice Seed Company which reputedly was the second largest and profitable seed company of the time.
Additionally, he launched the Cambridge Fair which preceded the Washington County Fair and was the second largest in the State of New York . A reported 32,000 people came to Cambridge for the 1907 Cambridge Fair. Mr. Rice’s accomplishments and dedication to his community are truly remarkable especially so since he did this all from a wheelchair.
Mr. Rice had rheumatism arthritis and he was a Prisoner of War during the Civil War. The combination of these conditions crippled him for most of his adult life. The Rice’s legacy lives on and touches many, even today and we are proud to showcase his home to you.
Address16 W Main St
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