Grant Announcement

The Historic Forks of the Wabash Grant Announcement

The Historic Forks of the Wabash in Huntington, Indiana has been awarded a Wabash River Heritage Corridor Fund grant in the amount of $41,880.00 for the rehabilitation of the Chief Richardville House. The grant was announced by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology. This funding represents 80% of the total project budget of $52,352.00.

These funds will be used for needed repairs and restoration of the Chief Richardville House which was built between 1832-1834 by Chief of the Miami Nation, Jean Baptiste Richardville to serve as the site for treaty discussions between the Miami Nation and the US Government in the 1830s and 1840s. Today the House is the centerpiece of the Historic Forks which includes several other period buildings and a museum.

The repairs to Chief Richardville House will include replacing the cedar shake roof on the house and porch, various trim and exterior wood repair, replacing deteriorated siding boards, repairing wooden windows, and the painting of both the exterior and interior of the house. We are hoping to accomplish these goals by the middle of September for the beginning of the new school tour season.