Remnant of Lower farm south of Goshen

Yes, I get curious when I see an old farmhouse while driving in the countryside. There is a story to go with every building. I did a little research and found out the photo shows the old Lower farmhouse on County Road 40, east of County Road 19 in Elkhart Township, south of Goshen in Elkhart County. CR 40 was once known as the Waterford-Wakarusa Road. Daniel Lower arrived in Elkhart County in 1854 and purchased land in 1855. According to the historic structures inventory done by Indiana Landmarks for Elkhart County, this house was built in about 1870. I didn’t look close enough to see if there are any other farm related buildings on the property. I did find a newspaper article from 1897 showing a barn was destroyed by fire on this property. I’m assuming another barn was built, but I can’t say for sure. At one time when Daniel Lower owned the farm it was on both sides of CR 40 and exceeded 150 acres. Daniel died in 1904 and is buried in Violett Cemetery in Goshen. This farm remained in the family under the name of Miller, a son-in-law. I’m not sure who lives there and whether or not the land is still in the same family.

Lower Farmhouse on CR 40 001

Former Lower farmhouse in Elkhart Township.


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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