Cuppy house still stands in South Whitley

The Cuppy house is a true historical landmark in South Whitley. It was built by Abraham Cuppy, who was once a state senator, in 1837. Hardwood floors and beams made of bark-stripped whole tree trunks and a unique staircase with hand-cut spindles are some of the historical features of the home. It is located on State Road 5 on the south side of town near the intersection with state roads 14 and 105. Abraham’s wife, Sarah Cuppy, opened up the home as a stop for escaped slaves as they made their way to Canada. It was a station for the Underground Railroad. When this home was built, it was part of a large farm with more than 570 acres. It is said there are hidden walls and secret passages within the home. There is an old barn across the road that was part of the farm. Abraham died at the young age of 36 and Sarah was left to take care of the children by herself. Of course the house has surely been added on to and modified through the years and is now a private home. The Cuppy name is part of an almost forgotten past of South Whitley.

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Historic house in South Whitley


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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