Preservation

For sale: The Huddleston Farmhouse, an 1841 farmstead on Indiana’s National Road

The Huddleston Farmhouse

Indiana Landmarks has owned this property since 1974 — they’ve even kept their Eastern Regional Office in it. But now they’ve listed it for sale, at the incredible price of $349,000.

The property includes the 14-room 1841 farmhouse, the pumphouse, the barn, and an undisclosed amount of land.

Indiana Landmarks keeps the grounds open to National Road travelers much of the year. Occasionally, they open the house and barn for tours. I’ve been fortunate to be on one of those tours and shared extensive photos in this article and this article. But here are a few photos of the interior. This is the kitchen.

The Huddleston Farmhouse

This is the dining room.

The Huddleston Farmhouse

This is the formal parlor.

The Huddleston Farmhouse

Anything built before about 1850 qualifies as “very old” in Indiana. If you’d like to live in one of Indiana’s oldest houses, on the historic National Road near Cambridge City, Indiana, see this listing for more details.

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Ride Across Indiana, Road Trips

A canal in Cambridge City

Cambridge City

Cambridge City was envisioned as a transportation town when it was platted in 1836. It’s on the National Road, of course, but it’s also on the Whitewater River, the Whitewater Canal, and several rail lines.

I want to focus on the Whitewater Canal for a minute. In the early 1800s, Indiana was figuring out transportation routes in the fledgling state. It may seem obvious today that roads are the way to go, but it wasn’t then. Canals had proved valuable out East, and so Indiana decided to try its hand. One of several Indiana canals to be built was the Whitewater Canal, and it passed through Cambridge City. Read the canal’s history here.

I had never noticed this canal along the north side of the National Road in Cambridge City until I passed slowly by on my Ride Across Indiana. The Whitewater Canal was more or less a north-south canal but this canal runs east-west through town. But whatever other canal could this be? I’m not aware that Cambridge City got more than one canal!

I’ve tried to trace this canal’s route through town, but it disappears. I’m sure some parts of it were filled in.

I’ve driven the National Road from its beginning in Baltimore, MD to its end in Vandaila, IL. To read everything I’ve ever written about it, click here.

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