Howard Steamboat Museum
Side view of Howard Steamboat Museum
|Location||1101 E. Market St., Jeffersonville, Indiana|
|Area||1.2 acres (0.49 ha)|
|Architectural style||Late Victorian|
|NRHP Reference #||73000031|
|Added to NRHP||July 5, 1973|
The Howard Steamboat Museum, or the Howard National Steamboat Museum, 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 Late Victorian style red brick 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.:2–3 It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as the Howard Home.
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.:2
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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- List of attractions and events in the Louisville metropolitan area
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- National Register of Historic Places listings in Clark County, Indiana
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Images from Clark County". Indiana Historical Society. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2015-08-01. Note: This includes Thomas M. Slade (September 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Howard Home" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-08-01. and Accompanying photographs.
- Official website
- Howard Steamboat Museum Collection at University of Louisville Photographic Archives
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