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The annual Quality of Place Conference in Richmond hosted by Richmond Columbian Properties is scheduled for Thursday September 27th from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM. The conference brings together speakers and experts on establishing quality of place and increasing the quality of life in towns and cities. This year’s conference will focus on historic neighborhoods that have declining conditions and problems with blight. Key topics will focus on focus on developing identity and empowerment, housing rehabilitation for affordable housing, improving public services, code enforcement and landlord/tenant issues, and programs to deal with drugs, crime and homelessness.  The conference is held at the William G. Scott House just off the National Road in Richmond!

For more information on this event – CLICK HERE



Historic Filling Stations

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Historic filling stations often have unique character and are reminiscent of times gone by compared to the gas stations being constructed today. Indiana Landmarks featured an article on their website this month about historic filling stations being saved and reused to serve other functions. At one point in time the National Road would have been lined with unique filling stations like these but many have been demolished and the ones that remain are often threatened. In 1999, the Indiana National Road Association played a major role in saving a cottage-style filling station in Terre Haute. The little structure faced the threat of demolition and donors funded a move to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology athletic fields to serve as a concession stand after restoration work. This project saved it from the wrecking ball.

For more details about this and other projects, check out The Indiana National Road Association Website



The Dublin Friends Meetinghouse

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The Dublin Friends Meetinghouse, constructed between 1878 and 1879, is one step closer to being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Indiana Historic Preservation Review board will make a decision on the nomination at their next meeting scheduled for 2 PM  July 18 at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center in Irvington (5350 University Ave. Indianapolis). The Italianate church boasts many original architectural features including a multifoil window, relief work, and brackets. The Dublin Friends Meetinghouse has been in continuous operation as a house of worship since 1879 and is just a block of the Historic National Road! Half of the funding for the National Register Nomination came from Indiana Landmarks’ Partners in Preservation Program.

Feel free to check them out even further on FACEBOOK:

Dublin Friends Meetinghouse FB Page


The Hoosier Gym

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The Hoosier Gym, a 1921 historic gym that was featured in the movie Hoosiers, is located just a few blocks off the National Road in Knightstown. The gym is one of Indiana’s historical gems and remains an active gym in good condition thanks to a dedicated non-profit organization. While the gym is no longer associated with a school it is a community center that still sees a lot of basketball played in it and can be rented for special events (we had our annual meeting there in 2016). The Hoosier Gym group is currently raising money for a roof, masonry work and windows. They want to fix condition issues before they become a major problem to ensure that future generations can enjoy the site. They are applying for a $500,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to help cover the costs. As part of the application process to identify issues and best methods to fix them the group had a study done by Keiser Consulting, paid in part by an Indiana Landmarks Endangered Places grant. There is also an option for those that wish to donate at the Hoosier Gym’s website and help them make the match required if they are awarded the grant.

The Midwest Byway Conference


Upcoming Training For Byway Leaders

This training program, first offered in 2015, is designed for new and renewed byway leaders throughout the nation. Attendees can expect to learn:

  • How Byway organizations are thriving
  • Strategies to update your Corridor Management Plan (CMP)
  • Priorities for marketing, partnerships and fund-raising
  • Byway jargon – Viewshed Protection; Wayfinding; Pull-off Interpretation; etc.

Conference Highlights:

Interpretive story of The National Road at the Huddleston Farmhouse Museum

J&J Winery and Noble Order Brewing for a reception with NSBF members and Scenic America Executive Director Mark Falzone

Beautiful & unique Cope Environmental Center along the National Road

Mobile Workshop to the Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches Byway in Ohio

Work Sessions with the themes of Byway Partnerships, & Best Practices, digging
into what byway organizations can do to best sustain and market their byway.

Sponsored by the National Scenic Byway Foundation, the training will be offered in two locations as pre-conference offerings:

Aug 21-22, 2018; Richmond Indiana – along the National Road.

Contact Sharon Strouse, sharonstrouse@gmail.com for registration information and questions.

The Matthias and Kline Building in Cambridge City


Cambridge City Mainstreet, Inc. has recently reduced the price of a very important piece of Cambridge City’s history! The Matthias and Kline building at 12 W. Main St. represents an important time in the town’s history. In the 1840s Cambridge City was projected to be a major center of trade because the newly constructed Whitewater Canal intersected the well-traveled National Road!  During this canal building craze Jacob Matthias and Beneville Kline expanded their dry goods business in Cambridge City while starting a canal line that ran from Cincinnati to Cambridge City. Their business was short lived but they left a lasting legacy with the construction of a downtown building circa 1844. Not only is this historic building one of Cambridge City’s oldest extant buildings but it has an amazing mural, painted by Pamela Bliss, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Train passing through the area! Don’t miss your chance to own this highly visible piece of National Road history in Cambridge City’s downtown business district!

For more information on this listing…check out the following links:

Indiana Landmarks Website


Coldwell Banker – Lingle

This information brought to you by the Indiana National Road Association


National Road – Movie Night – Brazil IN


Brazil, IN – The Clay County Historical Society (CCHS) is hosting a National Road Movie Night in partnership with the Moore Funeral Home and the Walnut Theater. The National Road documentary Movers and Stakers will be shown on July 10th at 7:00 PM in the Walnut Theater. It is free to the public. The historic theater is located right on the National Road at 24 S Walnut St and is locally owned and operated.

Movers and Stakers tells 13 historic stories of people and places on the National Road. Movers were people who migrated west and stakers developed towns, churches, colleges and industry. This documentary focuses on the stretch of the National road between Richmond and Terre Haute.

“We are promoting U.S. 40 so people realize the heritage and importance U.S. 40 played in our history,” CCHS president Vicki Mace said about the movie night.


To learn more about the great city of Brazil, Indiana as well….  CLICK HERE

Dine and Drive The National Road


Dine and Drive the National Road is a unique culinary trail  in the form of a passport booklet from Richmond to Terre Haute featuring locally owned eateries! Establishments included in the passport include ice cream shops, restaurants, breweries and more.
Many locations offer a special discount or deal for passport holders.
The passport will be available at all participating restaurants and various other select locations.
Please follow this link to check out the official site and learn more about where to get your Passport and more about the eating establishments along the Historic National Road in INDIANA!!

Huddleston Jar and Antique Market


A Jar/Bottle Collector Show and Antique Market will be held on the historic grounds of the Huddleston Farmhouse located on the Historic National Road! John Huddleston, a Wayne County businessman and farmer, constructed the federal style house in 1841. The property functioned as both a farmhouse and an inn for traveler’s on the National Road. If you want to learn more tours of the house will be available at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

Join us on Saturday June 10th to shop for historic bottles and jars and a variety of other antiques at this National Road Landmark. The Jar and Antique Market is presented by Marty Troxell, Richard Leece, and the Indiana National Road Association.

JUNE 10, 2017 9 AM TO 3 PM

For additional information please contact the Jar and Antique Market Co-Chairs:
Marty Troxell 765-478-3800
Richard Leece 765-586-2798

Jar Show Vendors:

A spot or table in the Jar Show area can be purchased for $30.00. This includes a one day rental for an 8 foot table. Additional tables can be rented for $10.00 a piece (limited to 2 extra tables). Vendors may bring their own tables if they wish and purchase a 10′ x 20′ area for $30.00 (see below).

Antique Area Vendors:
Antique vendor spaces (10′ x 20′ area) can be purchased for $30.00. Areas will be marked out on the lawn of the Huddleston House.


Please visit Cambridge City Main Street’s website for additional information about Cambridge City and things to do downtown! The Wayne County Convention And Tourism Bureau has information on great things to do in Wayne County and lodging information.

If you have additional questions about the Huddleston Farmhouse or the area please contact Michael Flowers at 317-822-7939.