Project Description

In 1831, Dr. Havilah Beardsley (Albert Beardsley’s uncle), purchased land at the junction of the St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers from Indian Chief, Pierre Moran. With this $1,500.00 purchase, Beardsley founded the city of Elkhart, so named because an island at the rivers’ conflux was believed to resemble an elk’s heart.

Beardsley stayed in Elkhart because he was the only physician in the area, and also because he saw the value of the rivers to the city’s future growth.

Hours resume on April 1, 2020

Tuesday through Saturday:
Tours on the hour at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm

Sunday:
Tours on the hour 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm

Monday:
Museum CLOSED