Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Historic House in Guilford Township Gutted By Fire

(photo from Indiana Landmarks website - see http://www.historiclandmarks.org/ForSale/Pages/ForSaleDetails.aspx?ForSaleID=90)

The Horace Reeve House on Orly Drive in southeastern Guilford Township (north of Friendswood, near the Hendricks County - Marion County line) was gutted by a fire (suspected to be arson) at about 3 am on the morning of July 5 (see news story). The homestead was built in 1853 by Horace Reeve's father, Charles Reeve. It was purchased by the Indianapolis Airport and had long been vacant.  The Indiana Landmarks organization had it listed for sale for $1.

Horace Reeve (born November 7, 1853; died March 20, 1934) was married to Flora E. Allen and Olma Hadley. His parents, Charles Reeve (born 1816; died 1897) and Melinda Jessup, came from Cumberland County, New Jersey and settled in the area in November 1839. Charles Reeve was a teacher and farmer and the family was Quaker. Horace Reeve was known for his dairy business, and the 1914 edition of the History of Hendricks County noted: "The family residence is one of the most charming homes in the community, being substantially built of brick and surrounded by a spacious and well-kept lawn and beautiful forest trees."

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