Hitching post on State Street in South Whitley

I have family living in South Whitley in Whitley County. When I visit them, I like to take walks around town. One day while taking a walk I noticed this old hitching post in front of a house along State Street, which is also State Road 5. It is south of the railroad tracks. If memory serves me correctly, the hitching post is in front of one of the most beautiful and historic houses in South Whitley. The Caleb Edwards house was built in 1869 in what as known as the Second Empire style. Of course a hitching post would have been used for horses and-or horse and buggy or horse and wagon. Somehow I could picture a horse sitting patiently waiting for its master to come back out and mount up and ride off. Or a horse waiting patiently to pull a wagon or buggy somewhere. A reminder of slower days. I am assuming the hitching post is not just a decorative piece, but was actually used in horse and buggy days. Judging from the photo, I could be right. I’ve seen another hitching post similar to this in Milford in Kosciusko County.

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Old hitching post along State Street in South Whitley.

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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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