Jazz heritage is important in Richmond. Few people know anything about it; I was one of those people. In 1997, the city of Richmond, to "advertise" the part Richmond played in the heritage of Jazz, had several murals painted on buildings in the community. Local artist, Pam Bliss Ferguson, did them.1. Celebrating a number of the recording artists...more
It would be wise on your part to stop for a visit at the Wayne County Historical Museum in Richmond, Indiana; it's a real trip back in time. It was once a house of worship for the Hicksite Branch of the Society of Friends (Quakers).This is quite a museum with a well-stocked gift shop, a turn-of-the-century general store with a post office within...more
We stayed in a B&B on the Old National Road (Route 40) a block from the Glen Miller Park where the Madonna of the Trail is located in Richmond, Indiana. What is it?The Madonna of the Trail is one of 12 statues linked along US 40 from Cumberland, Marland, to Upland, California. It was dedicated in 1928. The speaker at this dedication was a Missouri...more
Abram Gaar and his wife Agnes find a lovely piece of property, a country hillside that overlooked the up-and-coming city of Richmond, Indiana. They had the Gaar Mansion built, and it was quite advanced for it day (central heating, indoor plumbing, gas, electricity, and an intercom system)!In the 1970s, Abram Gaar's great-granddaughter, Joanna...more
Jill and I were amazed when we saw a huge edifice from a distance as we came into Richmond, Indiana. Just what could it be, we asked. We parked our car and explored.We discovered that it was the Wayne County Courthouse that was built in 1890 to replace a two-story brick building built in the early 1870s. This is of Romanesque Revival design and of...more
Jill and I made sure that we went to the Old National Road Welcome and Visitors Center located on the National Road East in Richmond. What a good idea that was.Volunteer, Gladys, was such a helpful person. She pointed out brochures, answers all of our many questions, and searched for books that Jill was wanting to purchase. I purchased some post...more
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WE LOVE TIM HORTON'S. Unfortunately, we live far west of Richmond Indiana. And it just so happens that (as of 2011) The Richmond Tim Horton's is the most westerly Tim Horton's in the United States. sigh. Hazelnut or French Vanilla Cappacino (which really is a latte but they use the other term), and a Canadian Maple filled roll. It is, after all, a...more
What a great beginning to our 11-day trip in Indiana and Ohio! Our first meal was in historic Centerville, Indiana, not far from Richmond, Indiana. We knew nothing about the unique little town, and it was "luck" on our part that we selected Adair's Spice of Life Restaurant. It was the adorable archway (called the Dill Arch), the historic...more
When Jill and I asked about a good place to eat in Richmond, the woman at our Bed and Breakfast did not hesitate when she quickly replied, "The Olde Richmond Inn". She proceeded to give us directions, and we were off.Besides being a great place to eat, it's in a historic district in a lovely old home (1892). Galo Molina, in the mid-1980s- moved...more
In Richmond, Indiana and Wayne County, an automobile is quite essential. All the tourist sites are scattered throughout the county, and auto travel is the only real means of transportation.
Because of the increase of the price of gasoline, the real expense on our trip was the automobile.
At times, we paid almost $4.00 a gallon. I think the least that we paid was $2.77!
Besides "around" Richmond, getting "to" Richmond, Indiana, from the Chicago area, requires an automobile. It takes about 7-8 hours to drive from north of Chicago (Libertyville/Gurnee) to Richmond.
Cutter's Corners SOS craft shop is more than a craft store. I believe Seniors who are retired but want or need part-time work in their fields of experience ( houses cleaning, small appliance repairs, drivers,for airport delivery, etc.) can be reached thru the SOS (Senior Opp. Services) office there.765-962-1010more
CLICK ON PHOTO TO READWhile in historic Centerville, we walked around checking out the architecture and the shops. We were interested in a shop where they were scraping paint and repainting the trim of the building called, Archway Artisans Art Co-op. It's a working co-op, and the finished products are sold here at reasonable prices.The pottery is...more
While walking around in the Historic Districts, Jill and I saw a beautiful mural painted on the back of a building. We stopped to investigate and were delighted to see the mural of this building as a grocery store at "the turn of the century" when it was called "Cutter's Corner". From the little I could discover about it, I found that a man named...more
The Gennett Records branch of the now-defunct Starr Piano Company was quite important to the music industry and to Richmond, Indiana, in particular.
Gennett Records is famous for "its groundbreaking recordings of numerous jazz pioneers like Louis Armstrong, Hoagy Carmichael, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington".
This company once was located on the banks of the Whitewater River in the center of Richmond. Gennett Records should also be remembered for recording other styles of American music:
Blues: Thomas A. Dorsey and Charley Patton (Delta blues musicians)
Country Music or old-time music: Gene Autry, Ernest Stoneman, & Doc Robert.
Other: Mills Brothers and Lawrence Welk
You can see a special exhibit of the Starr-Gennett Foundation at Charlie's Coffee Bar and Gallery at 416 N 10th Street, (765) 962-1511.
When looking at houses, we discovered a home with murals of famous musicians painted on it's front (see photographs).
Luggage and bags:
One great thing (for women at least) about a road trip is that you can hang your clothing in zippered bags and lay them atop the luggage. Thus, nothing becomes wrinkled! Both Jill and I did that; it worked out great. At the time share, we just hung the bags in the closets. It also cuts way back on the number of suitcases. Also on a road trip such as we experienced, you can take more supplies for the condo...food items not perishable.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Since we went on this trip in early May, we had to be prepared for cool nights, for rain, and for possible warm weather. The solution is to "layer". I made sure that I had a couple of sweaters, a spring jacket, a raincoat, umbrella, and good walking shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I have one of the bags with all the compartments for lotions, make-up, etc. I can hang it up in the bathroom of the condo or hotel room for easy access.
Photo Equipment: On this particular trip, I took two cameras...my digital and my 35M with the capability of 3 different sized photos...I wanted some panoramics. Also, I took my Kodak Easy Share printer dock so each night I printed out the photos that I took that day. I keep the photos on the disk so I can download them to the computer for VT purposes, but I also like to keep my photo albums of each of my trips.
Miscellaneous: I always take my prescriptions in the original containers, an extra pair of glasses (in case of breakage), novels for reading, my journal, extra walking shoes, hats for the sun, and addresses of special VT friends for sending post cards!
We all know that life for a runaway slave was full of "hazards". They could only travel a few miles at night, using the North Star to guide them. They often hid in homes or on the property of antislavery supporters, such as Levi Coffin's.First Photo:Portraits of Levi Coffin and his wife, Catharine CoffinBecause 2,000 slaves over a 20-year-period...more
We were very fortunate to be able to see the Levi Coffin historic site on our visit to Indiana because it was closed. However, by chance, in a restaurant in Centerville, we met some people who knew volunteers who worked at this site. They called these volunteers, asking if they would open the house for a private tour for us. In shock, we discovered...more
Photo #1: Indiana Freedom Trail Description of Levi Coffin Home in Fountain City, Indiana. Plaque Reads: "Levi Coffin (1798-1877), a Quaker abolitionist, lived in Newport (now Fountain City) with his family 1826-1847. Moved from North Carolina because he & his wife, Catharine, opposed slavery. Advocated, and sold in his store, free-labor products...more
The Richmond Roosters of the independent Frontier League play ball at the classic Don McBride Stadium, a neat facility built back in 1936 as part of the WPA. This is another one of those gems where a fan can have that 'stepped back in time' old school baseball experience. Most of the seats are under the grandstand and are general admission so spread out and get comfortable. Check out my travelogue for more on this great ballpark.
CLICK PICTURE WHICH IS PANORAMICJust over the Indiana border in Prebble County, Ohio, Jill had us go on a "homestead hunt" for John Woodward's homestead. It took some doing, some turning around (because of wrong direction) [Jill and I are both directionally handicapped!], and some perseverance on our part, but we did find it.Jill Martin wrote this...more
Because of time restrictions, Jill and I were unable to visit all the wonderful places available in and around Richmond, Indiana. However, I would be remiss if I did not mention them here.Old Metamora Village is near Richmond. It is a scenic village with quaint shops, train rides, carriage and horse-drawn boat rides.Whitewater Memorial State Park...more
Another interesting fact about Richmond, Indiana, is that it is the home of the highly-regarded Earlham College.The photograph is of Carpenter Hall, which today serves as classrooms and administrative offices on campus. Earlham College was founded in 1847 by Quakers (Religious Society of Friends). It is an independent, coeducational, four-year...more