Old Berkey House

One of the busiest roads on the west side of Goshen, Berkey Avenue, was named after Valentine Berkey. He came to Elkhart County in the 1850s from his home state of Pennsylvania. Berkey served on the county council and was a deacon at the West Goshen Church of the Brethren, among other duties. He built this house, which sits immediately to the west of the Brethren church on Berkey Avenue. Berkey died in 1920 in California while visiting one of his children.

House built by Valentine Berkey


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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