Historic home open for Miami Indian Heritage Day

Chief Richardville built his home in 1827.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  The first Saturday of every month the History Center sponsors Miami Indian Heritage Day. This Saturday highlighted the Miami Dance demonstrated by Gloria Tippman.

The event shows off local artists, performers and representatives from the Miami Indiana’s and other Native American groups.

The purpose is to demonstrate parts of their lasting heritage for the public to enjoy.

The original owner of the home was Miami Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville. He built a trading empire in this area that made him the richest man in Indiana by the time of his death in 1841.

His home, which is open for tours, was built in 1827.

Today his house is recognized as the oldest Native American dwelling in the Midwest and the first Greek Revival style house in northeast Indiana.

The Chief Richardville house on 705 Bluffton Road was named a National Historic Landmark in 2012, only one of two in Allen County and one of only 38 in the state of Indiana.

Admission is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors. History Center members and children ages 5 and under are free.

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