Saturday, October 25, 2014


This old house on State Road 15 in Waterford Mills was originally built by William Violett in 1870. (Tim Ashley)
This Waterford Mills house was built by William Violett

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 9:05 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.

A few weeks ago, I posted something from Waterford Mills in Elkhart County and I’m back in the small, unincorporated community once again.

This house on State Road 15, across from the former inn building, was originally built by William Violett in 1870. The two-story brick house is north of the church building I posted information about several months ago.

William Violett was a brother to John Violett, a successful farmer who owned more than 800 acres of land north of Waterford Mills, some of which later became the Violett Cemetery in Goshen.

Waterford was a flourishing community in the early 1840s, but by 1870 when the house was built by William Violett, there were only two stores and no industries in town. It was just a small village.

Information for this post was taken from the late Lowell Bechtel’s book, “Waterford: From Then to Now.”

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