There is a nice article about the meeting at the Wayland (MA) Town Crier site here. The article describes Edmund rice's life in some detail - read the whole thing.
The group of 50 descendants who attended had a great time - they visited:
A Rice home that is still standing as well as the foundations of three more visible in the woods - all, as fate would have it, on Rice Road.
Ponds on Rice Road that were built by the family, which dammed up Snake Brook, the small stream that runs through the area.
The Edmund Rice homestead built by the "Never-Ending Spring" on Old Connecticut Path and the plaque marking this site.
The Unitarian Church in Wayland Center, where the current affiliate minister, Rev. Debra Pope-Lane, is an Edmund Rice descendant. Rice was the first senior deacon of this church.
A marker erected by the ERA in memory of Rice in the North Cemetery. He is believed to have been buried in this graveyard, but the exact location hasn't yet been determined.
The Nathaniel Rice home on River Road.
The former home of Harry Rice on Water Row. Harry had a personal aircraft landing field on his property. He was also the Sudbury dog officer and is credited with helping establish the Buddy Dog Humane Society and its shelter, which is presently located on Route 20 at the Wayland-Sudbury line.
The remains of the Rice Tavern, which is said to pre-date the Wayside Inn and was a muster site during the War of 1812, in what is now Maynard.
The Revolutionary War Cemetery in Sudbury, where several Rices were buried, and which is the location of the first town pound, built at a cost of $20. This is a walled and fence dip in the land with a door that only swings inward so that the animals couldn't force it open.
Whew - it sounds like they had a lot of fun. I wish I had been there. This is not far from the homesteads of my Joseph Seaver and Isaac Read families in Sudbury, which were on Nobscot Hill and in Lanham, respectively.
Anybody reading this that is a descendant of Edmund Rice?