Huddleston Farmhouse

Huddleston Farmhouse

The Huddleston Farmhouse Inn of Mount Auburn, Indiana, is an historic inn that once served travelers along the National Road. It was owned by former-Quaker John Huddleston who, with his wife Susannah, and 11 children, offered lodging, cooking materials, and a place for their horses to rest for the night.

The house is three stories high, using 125,000 bricks. The property consists of 78 acres. On the land includes the main house, spring kitchen, smoke house, and two barns. Some recents research on the property suggests that there may have been another building built on the property as well by the Huddlestons.

The main house is three stories. Before renovations the basement consisted of three separated rooms that could only be entered from outside. Two of the rooms were lodging for guests. The middle room was John's shop where he would sell items to travelers passing through. On the middle level there is a kitchen, a family room, a dining room, and a formal parlor. The third floor was where the bedrooms would have been.

It was purchased by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana in 1966 with funds provided by the organization's founder, Eli Lilly. The house, barn and other outbuildings have been restored and serve as combination museum and eastern regional office of Historic Landmarks. It is open to the public for tours and special events including hearth suppers where food of the period is cooked in the fireplace.

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