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.

Despite time’s passage, red barn still stands in South Whitley neighborhood

A red barn nestled among residential properties in South Whitley looks out of place at first, but a little research shows it was there long before the houses were. 

Posted on Aug. 19, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

I have family living in South Whitley, Ind., and I couldn’t help but notice this old red barn standing behind a house in a neighborhood along State Street, which is also S.R. 5.

This is not far from where S.R. 5 crosses the railroad tracks. When I first saw the barn, I thought it was odd there would be a barn in a residential neighborhood. But when you look at the house it sits behind, you realize that when the house was built, there probably weren’t near as many houses around as there are now.

Whitley County property records available online show the barn was built in 1901 and the house, which is a beautiful piece of architecture, was built in 1885. At that time, this would have been considered close to the very edge of town. It may have been a small farm with livestock being raised on it. But the barn still stands today.

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