Tim Ashley
Tim Ashley
Hello, my name is Tim Ashley, and I have lived in Goshen for more than 11 years now. I enjoy reading, researching and writing about local history very much. I particularly enjoy railroad and transportation history, but also other areas, too.

I've written articles for the online exhibit of the Elkhart County Historical Museum, I have published a small book about the history of west Goshen and I am a writer, editor and photographer for a local newspaper.
In my blog I want to share my enjoyment of local history with others by showing glimpses of the past in photos and short articles.

Many of my blog posts are in Elkhart County, but also Kosciusko, Whitley, Huntington, Fulton, Wabash and possibly other counties.

Waterford Mills building constructed in 1840s once served as thriving inn

The building, originally built around 1840, housed weary travelers in its early days. Since then, it’s served a variety of purposes.

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 10:26 a.m.

Tim Ashley is a local history buff who has written a book about the history of west Goshen and makes a living as an editor, reporter and photographer at a local paper. He’s a community blogger for The Elkhart Truth, and you can read more of his work on his blog, Local Remnants.

It may not look like it now, but this building on S.R. 15 in Waterford Mills was originally built in about 1840, according to the book “Waterford: From Then to Now” by the late Lowell Bechtel.

For a few years, the building was known as the Waterford Inn and was a thriving business. One can imagine weary wagon or horse and buggy travelers on the old Logansport-White Pigeon Road (now S.R. 15) finding rest and refuge at the inn.

After it ceased to be an inn, the building served as a double dwelling for a while. Later, part of the building was used for various businesses, including a doctor’s office, grocery store, gas station, icehouse and restaurant. It is still a restaurant today. For many years, the building also served as a home.

Would you like to become one of The Elkhart Truth’s community bloggers? Get in touch with our community manager, Ann Elise Taylor, at ataylor@elkharttruth.com with a little information about yourself and what you’d like to blog about.


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