Before the Elkhart County Historical Museum moved in, the organization’s building served as the Bristol School. Read on for a brief history of the schoolhouse, which had its first year of classes in 1903.
Five men who came to Elkhart County after serving in the Continental Army took part in Revolutionary War efforts such as the Boston Tea Party, the Siege of Yorktown and the defense of what’s now known as Independence Hall.
Herbert Bucklen made his fortune in Elkhart in the 19th century. Even though he left Elkhart for Chicago, he invested his riches into improving the city with the construction of the Bucklen Opera House and the Hotel Bucklen.