Indiana: A Ghost Town of Haldimand County

Creator(s): Ruthven Park National Historic Site

Driving by Ruthven Park National Historic Site today you would never imagine that there was once a thriving community located on the property. In fact, in the mid-19th century, Indiana was the largest industrial town in Haldimand County.

Indiana has been of interest to the local community, historians, genealogists, archaeologists, researchers, and visitors to the Ruthven property over the past several years. More recently, through archaeological investigation, closer examination of the collection of Thompson papers and ledgers, and genealogical probing, further information has been revealed which provides a glimpse into the daily lives of the residents who once lived in and around the town.

This virtual exhibit provides an overview of the story of the establishment, and the rise and eventual demise of the former town of Indiana from the 1830s to the 1890s.

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