Saturday, September 15, 2012

Rare Opportunity--Historic Ellenberger Home on Tour!

The Benton House Tour of Homes will feature several wonderful historic dwellings on Sunday, September 16, 2012.  (tickets may be purchased at the Benton House Museum at 312 Downey Ave) The Ellenberger Home will be among the many you can tour.  This is a rare opportunity to visit one of the most important landmarks on the east side of Indianapolis.  This lovely nineteenth-century Italianate farmhouse located on East 10th Street was dramatically changed in the late 1910s; however, the house is extraordinarily significant and tied to the story of Irvington.

The farm predates the founding of the neighborhood in 1870 as the Ellenbergers were responsible for selling vast tracks for development including what would later become Ellenberger Park.  The family was well-known on the eastside for years as there were several Ellenberger descendants.

An Irvington treasure--The Ellenberger Home

The Ellenberger clan gathered in 1914 for a reunion and this photo.

John or Johann Ellenberger in 1919

Do not pass up this opportunity to see a part of Irvington's history!  The tour begins at noon.

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