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This building, now a restaurant on State Road 15 in Waterford Mills, was originally an inn when built in the 1840s. (Tim Ashley)
Waterford Mills building constructed in 1840s once served as thriving inn

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.

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