Beardsley Carriage House

The Ruthmere Museum Campus recently acquired the building directly north of the Havilah Beardsley House, now referred to as the Beardsley Carriage House. As a part of the original 1848 Havilah Beardsley farmstead, this building which is believed to have been constructed in 1874, was a natural addition to our historic properties.


On July 9th, 2020, a substantial fire struck the residence (then belonging to a private owner) and made it unlivable. Over the remainder of the summer, the owner worked with Indiana Landmarks through the help of an Efroymson Family Grant to obtain a feasibility report prepared by Kil Architecture & Planning. The report determined that the building was indeed salvageable, but it would require significant work.

Ruthmere stepped into this void and opened a discussion with the owner regarding Ruthmere's longstanding interest in putting the Beardsley Carriage House and the Havilah Beardsley House "back together." A friendly negotiation ensued, producing a private sale transfer of ownership!


The Beardsley Carriage House has recently completed Phase One of our structural stabilization goals. In 2021, we gave the building a new roof, made it safe to walk through, buttoned up all the doors and windows, removed the excessive trees that were too close, and installed a new project sign asking for community support.

Here's where YOU come in - as part of our new strategic plan, we want to hear fresh ideas for what people would like to see in the Beardsley Carriage House facility. We want the Beardsley Carriage House to make the biggest community impact possible that is within our financial means.

Send your ideas and comments to Executive Director Bill Firstenberger at OR take our brief survey by clicking the link below. At Ruthmere, YOU are part of making history happen.

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302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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