Howard Steamboat Museum

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Howard Home
Side view of Howard Steamboat Museum
Location Jeffersonville, Indiana
Coordinates 38°16′51.99″N 85°43′33″W / 38.2811083°N 85.72583°W / 38.2811083; -85.72583Coordinates: 38°16′51.99″N 85°43′33″W / 38.2811083°N 85.72583°W / 38.2811083; -85.72583
Built 1890
Architect Drach & Thomas
Architectural style Late Victorian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73000031 [1]
Added to NRHP July 5, 1973

The Howard Steamboat Museum, or the Howard National Steamboat Museum,[2] is located in Jeffersonville, Indiana, across from Louisville, Kentucky. Based in the old Howard home, it features items related to steamboat history.

The home was built in 1890 by Edmonds J. Howard, who inherited the family shipyard from his father James Howard, who founded the Howard Ship Yards, both in what was then Port Fulton, Indiana. It cost $100,000 to build the 22-room, 3-floor structure. Still within the museum are chandeliers, carvings, arches and a grand staircase that reflect the wealth Edmonds Howard had. As the Howards prided themselves on their hulls, a large collection of the half-breadths is displayed on the property.

Over the course of ownership of the Howard Shipyards, 3,000 ships were launched in what to its day is the largest inland shipyard in the United States. The Howard Shipyard was eventually made into Jeffboat.

On March 17, 1971, a fire broke out in the museum; the museum reopened the next year.

Since 1993, the Museum holds an annual Chautauqua in May, which features craft booths on the grounds, while inside the mansion talks are given about various topics. 2007's was about the Ohio River flood of 1937.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Images from Clark County". Indiana Historical Society. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 

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