Forks of the Wabash

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Chief Richardville House and Miami Treaty Grounds
Chief Richardson house Huntington Indiana.JPG
Chief Richardson house, April 2008
Forks of the Wabash is located in Indiana
Forks of the Wabash
Forks of the Wabash is located in the US
Forks of the Wabash
Nearest city 2 miles (3.2 km) west of downtown Huntington, southwest of the junction of U.S. Route 24 and State Roads 9/37, Huntington and Huntington Township, Huntington County, Indiana
Coordinates 40°52′37″N 85°31′58″W / 40.87694°N 85.53278°W / 40.87694; -85.53278Coordinates: 40°52′37″N 85°31′58″W / 40.87694°N 85.53278°W / 40.87694; -85.53278
Area 7.3 acres (3.0 ha)
Built 1833 (1833)
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP Reference # 85002446[1]
Added to NRHP September 16, 1985
Confluence of the Wabash and Little Wabash Rivers

Historic Forks of the Wabash is a historic museum park near Huntington, Indiana, that features site several historic buildings, trails and remnants of the Wabash and Erie Canal. The location was the signing location of the historic Treaty at the Forks of the Wabash in 1838.[2] The park is located along the Wabash River. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 as the Chief Richardville House and Miami Treaty Grounds.[1]

Historic structures include:

  • Chief's House - Council house believed to have been used by Miami tribe Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville during treaty negotiations and Miami Council meetings. Other sources indicate that his son in law, Francis La Fontaine, actually built the house in the early 1840s for use as his main residence.[3] The house has been restored to appear as in 1846.
  • Nuck Log House - 1841 pioneer log house
  • School House - Pioneer-era log schoolhouse furnished for the 1880s

Ball State University conducted an archaeological dig at the Chief's House in 1989 which uncovered artifacts including nails, brick, glass, toys, housewares, and personal items. An additional excavation occurred in 1999.

The park offers programs for groups of all ages. Topics include archaeology, canals and transportation, pioneer life, Woodland Indian history, and art.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Library, Oklahoma State University. "INDIAN AFFAIRS: LAWS AND TREATIES. Vol. 2, Treaties". Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  3. ^ Historic Forks of the Wabash: Buildings

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