Huddleston Farmhouse and the National Road
|Pioneers traveling west on the National Road to settle America passed right by the front door of the Huddleston Farmhouse, where many stopped to rest. (Photo: John Domont)|
Weary travelers making the difficult trek westward on the National Road in the early 1800s stopped at the Huddleston family’s farm in Cambridge City for meals, provisions, shelter, and to feed and rest their horses.
Owned and restored by Indiana Landmarks, the 1841 Huddleston Farmhouse museum offered visitors a glimpse of the daily lives of John and Susannah Huddleston and their 11 children, as well as the travelers who crowded the porches and yard and rented the farmhouse’s two “travelers’ kitchens” for cooking and sleeping.
Today the museum operates as the National Road Heritage Site, where exhibits offer modern-day travelers a vivid picture of cross-country travel on the Historic National Road from Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois -- from the pioneer era to the present.
Tours of the farmhouse and National Road Heritage Site begin at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. each Friday, April through November, and by appointment.
The Huddleston Farmhouse is located approximately 60 miles east of Indianapolis and 20 miles west of Richmond on U.S. 40, the Historic National Road.
838 National Road
Cambridge City, Indiana 47327