Historic house near downtown Goshen

Another stop on the Goshen Historical Society walking tour last summer featured this Queen Anne style house on Fifth Street close to the downtown area. It was built in 1885 by J.M. Dale, a wealthy dry goods dealer. Obviously the size of the house would indicate Dale was a man of wealth. Note the many dormers and the octagonal tower along with the slate and copper roof. It stands out as a historical house, one of many still standing in Goshen. There was some craftsmanship involved in the construction of this home. A kind more common then, but not so common now. It is also believed this was the first home wired for electricity in Goshen. If that is true, one can imagine the excitement of those living there at the time. A descendant of Dale, Dorothy Dale Zook, owned the home until recently. It is now owned and was being restored at the time of the tour by the Elkhart Court Clubhouse. It’s good to see someone has found a new use for a historic home instead of it being torn down.


Historic house on Fifth Street in Goshen.


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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