Huddleston Farmhouse

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Huddleston Farmhouse
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ChiefGuru
Decatur, IN3,414 contributions
Treasured Historic Indiana Landmark
Oct 2017 • Couples
The historic 1841 Huddleston Farmhouse is located on the Historic National Road (US 40) at the western edge of Cambridge City. The Huddleston Farmhouse Inn once served travelers along the National Road, traveling from Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois. It was owned by former-Quaker John Huddleston who, with his wife Susannah, and 11 children, offered travelers lodging, cooking materials, and a place for their horses to rest for the night. The house is three stories high and sits on about 78 acres. Also on the property are a spring kitchen, smoke house, and two barns. Indiana Landmarks purchased the property in 1966. The house, barn, and other outbuildings have been restored and serve as combination museum and eastern regional office of Indiana Landmarks. The property easily accessible from Highway 40, with parking available. It is open to the public for tours (by appointment) and special events (weddings, receptions, reunions, meetings, dinners), including hearth suppers with food of the period cooked in the fireplace. Visiting this site is a step back in history to visualize and learn how pioneers faced and preserved over period challenges. Just walking the property, touring the buildings and seeing the architecture, decorations and furnishings of the time is excellent. Such a wonderful thing that we are preserving our heritage for future generations to enjoy. The lowest level has several interactive exhibits to teach more about the history, for example one allows visitors to hear from covered wagon travelers about the conditions on the road, the food they ate, and where they found lodging. You can also see road surfaces over time, from a bumpy mud track dotted with tree stumps to brick, concrete, and the current asphalt. You can also sit in the front seat of an old roadster and listen to a film describing the Historic National Road West. This is an excellent place to visit with the entire family to learn about an intriguing part of our national history.
Written 22 October 2017
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paul l
Indianapolis, IN109 contributions
Fascinating Glimpse Into History
Oct 2016 • Couples
This is well worth seeing. It shows how the pioneers faced the challenges of the time. My wife and I enjoyed it and learned a lot.
Written 10 April 2017
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Denise S
Rio Grande, OH204 contributions
Large House on the National Road
Jun 2016
You will learn about life for a rather large family on the National Highway. The family operated an inn type setting for travelors. The basement level has several exhibits about the time period. An outer barn and smokehouse are available for view. The lower floor of the barn can be utilized as a meeting room.
Written 20 July 2016
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CharlieNJ81
Miami Beach, FL30 contributions
An American Historical Treasure
Aug 2015 • Solo
It's great to learn about the family that lived here, and the settlers who traveled on the National Road in the mid 19th century. I would recommend this place for anyone interested in frontier history, and learning about a very different time.
Written 24 August 2015
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James M
West Lafayette, IN2,088 contributions
Worth a visit
Jun 2015 • Couples
We stopped for one of the two tours available on Fridays only. While I expected a tour of the grounds, the exterior of the farmhouse, maybe the barn, the one-hour tour was confined to three rooms in the 1840s house. Still, our guide Joe Frost made that tour interesting for our small group, including four children about 10 or younger. Joe had an obvious appreciation for history and not just the history of this house. His presentation wove the social history of the times with the technology and westward expansion that the Old National Road (US 40, just outside the house) represented. On the ground level that served as travelers’ kitchens, you can see a well-executed display of US 40 through the years.
Written 5 June 2015
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tomas417
Cincinnati, OH180 contributions
An important stop on the Nation Road
Mar 2015 • Friends
This is an important farmhouse on the National Road, This is an early home built about 1840, Mr, Huddleston ran an stop for travelers.The home is nicely furnished and is well wort your time while in the area. The home is only open on Fridays, for two tours. The limited times are because of budget cuts to the agency that runs this historic site. There are displays in the lower level, that relate to the National Road before the time of expressways. Did not think this related to this 1840 house. The guide did a good job and answered our many questions.
Written 1 May 2015
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Jacob M
Indianapolis, IN166 contributions
Great historic site!
Jul 2013 • Family
This was a great place to visit! We were in Greenfield to see James Whitcomb Riley sites and made an appointment here. Our guide, I forget his name, was super nice and very informative. The home was one of many early places on the National Road where travelers could stop to sleep and eat, which would be more comfortable and safer. It is the eastern regional office of Indiana Landmarks, in which my mom volunteers with. The first floor is beautifully preserved, with a parlor, dining room and kitchen, offices are on the second and third floors but in the basement where travelers probably stayed, has an exhibit on the National Road, even how it was in the 60's and modern day. It had 2 interactive computer exhibits, which I was surprised to see in such a small and little visited museum. It is definitely worth visiting. I visited in June 2012.
Written 1 June 2014
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Nancy M
Knoxville95 contributions
1841 Huddleston Farm House
Sep 2011 • Family
This is an awesome historic home. Our tour guide, Jim, was really into sharing the story of how the Huddleston's made their living and how they helped travelers trekking westward on the National Road in search of land. In the basement their are high tech, interactive exhibits focused on the history of the Historic National Road, from pioneer era to the present. My ten year old LOVED it!
Written 31 July 2012
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