More and more items related to Jay County's past continue to be donated to the Jay County Historical Museum. Because of space limitations. the board of directors has become more selective in what is accepted. However, because our purpose is to preserve the history and genealogy of the county, accepting artifacts and information related to the county and it residents is of top priority.
Even though we built an addition to the museum only four years ago, space for artifact is again at a premium. The board has been discussing the possibility of erecting a storage shed at the back of the Gilpin Annex property. However, unless the temperature and humidity in the structure were controlled, only certain types of items could be safely stored there, making it more costly to build and maintain.
While making plans for a shed, the property directly south across the alley from the Gilpin Annex was listed for sale. The house sits on two city lots and faces East Water Street on the south. The vacant lot, at the corner of Water and Pierce Streets, is east of the house. After much investigation, discussion, and thought, the board voted to purchase the property for $97,000. This is close to the estimates we had received for a storage building.
The bid was accepted for the house. We have applied for a grant to help with part of the purchase price of the property. Donations of any size are needed to help fund the remaining cost. If you are interested in helping with this cause, please mail your checks, made payable to Jay County Historical Society, to 903 East Main Street, Portland, IN 47371. All donations are tax deductible.
If you have any question, you may contact JCHS Co-president Rob Weaver at 260/251-1863.
903 E Main St.
Portland, Indiana 47371