Restaurant in Waterford Mills originally an inn

It may not look like it now with the siding on it, but this building on State Road 15 in Waterford Mills, Elkhart County, was originally built in about 1840 according to the book “Waterford: From Then to Now” by the late Lowell Bechtel. For a few years the building was known as the Waterford Inn and was a thriving business. One can imagine weary wagon or horse and buggy travelers on the old Logansport-White Pigeon Road (now State Road 15) finding rest and refuge at the inn. After it ceased being an inn, the building served as a double dwelling for a while. Later part of the building was used for various businesses including a doctor’s office, grocery store, gas station, icehouse and restaurant. It is still a restaurant today. For many years the building also served as a home.

Building in Waterford Mills was once an inn.

Building in Waterford Mills was once an inn.

 

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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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