This week I’m straying from the local, but this is a state historical site worth visiting.
The Huddleston Farmhouse was built in 1841 and provided weary travelers on the Old National Road with meals, shelter, provisions, feed and a place to rest their horses. Travel was much more difficult on roads that were not hard-surfaced or paved, and it took much longer. Travelers would rarely find something like the Huddleston Farmhouse along a road.
The farmhouse is in Wayne County, Ind., just outside of Cambridge City. It is now owned by Indiana Landmarks and also serves as a heritage site for the National Road. Today the National Road is known as U.S. 40. It was the first federally funded highway and stretched from Maryland to Illinois originally.
The farmhouse is one of those buildings you can look at from the outside and just know it has historical significance.