News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 7, 2013

Preservationists work to save Putnamville structure

Associated Press

PUTNAMVILLE — One of the oldest structures along the Historic National Road in western Indiana faces an uncertain future after the property it sits on changed hands.

The 1828 building on the eastern edge of Putnamville was an outbuilding to the former Whitehall Inn. The Banner-Graphic of Greencastle reports it likely served as either a summer kitchen or servants’ quarters.

Former Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County president Phil Gick says he was notified recently that the owner had died and the property had passed to a relative.

He says the structure is a reminder of a formerly “vibrant, small community.”

Indiana Landmarks is working with the Indiana National Road Association and the Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County to raise awareness of the landmark’s significance in hopes of preserving it.