Home was originally built by Violett

A few weeks ago I posted something for Waterford Mills in Elkhart County and I’m back in the small, unincorporated community once again. This house on State Road 15, across from the former inn building, was originally built by William Violett in 1870. The two-story brick house is north of the church building I posted information about several months ago. William Violett was a brother to John Violett, a successful farmer who owned more than 800 acres of land north of Waterford Mills, some of which later became the Violett Cemetery in Goshen. Waterford was a flourishing community in the early 1840s, but by 1870 when the house was built by William Violett, there were only two stores and no industries in town. It was just a small village. Information for this post was taken from the late Lowell Bechtel’s book “Waterford: From Then to Now.”

Old house on State Road 15 in Waterford Mills

Old house on State Road 15 in Waterford Mills


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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