Old farmstead in rural Marshall County

Back in late October 2015 I met a friend for lunch in Plymouth and decided to drive back on the old Plymouth-Goshen Trail, a historic road and still named as such in Marshall County. As I was driving on the road, I noticed a farm with an old barn. I had a bit of a hunch there might be some history associated with the farm. Old barns are not so common anymore. They are fading from the rural landscape month by month, year by year. As I started doing a little research I found the photo I took is of the Milner family farm in North Township, Marshall County. This farm was homesteaded in the 1830s originally. That in itself is significant. There are very few family farms dating back that far and still owned by the descendants of that family. I’m not sure how old the barn is, but I’m guessing it is post 1900 based on its size. I could be wrong though. I do know the barn has that old, rustic feel to it. A lot can happen in more than a year, so I don’t know what has happened since I took the photo.

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Old barn on a farm along Plymouth-Goshen Trail in Marshall County.


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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