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We are pleased to announce that Betty Estridge will be honored with the Heritage Award at the April 25th Luncheon! Betty has been an integral part of the Carmel community and Carmel Clay Historical Society for many years.

If you would like to attend the Spring Luncheon, you can purchase your tickets here.

While researching forgotten places and communities within Clay Township, we found a set of records that could potentially tell us a great deal about Bethlehem/Carmel and Clay Township in their earliest years. The Post Office Department Reports of Site Locations 1837-1950 is a set of microfilm held by the National Archives. The reports were created by local postmasters to aid the Topography Division in determining the location of existing post offices in relation to mail routes and facilities, as well as potential locations for new post offices.

As the reports often contained maps, geographic information, and information on the number of families or individuals served by a post office, we are eager to learn about forgotten communities in Clay Township, like Eldorado, Gray, or others of which we are unaware. The maps included in the reports may also inform us of the existence of old roads and landmarks. We are currently researching the Native American trail near the Cool Creek crossing at Mattsville. If a map is included in the Mattsville’s location report, it may very well indicate the path of this and other trails.

The National Archives does not lend these microfilms, but they will reproduce them for $125. We are seeking donations to purchase the roll that includes Hamilton County. If you would like to help us obtain this roll, please consider making a small donation ($5-25) via PayPal here or by sending a check. Be sure to indicate in the memo line that your donation is for the NARA microfilm roll. Donations received in excess of $125 will be used to purchase archival records in the future.


20th Annual Holiday Home Tour  – December 2 – 4

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The Holiday Home Tour is a favorite annual tradition, and it’s just around the corner! Participants on this year’s HHT on December 2 – 4 will tour three unique properties.

The Kinzer Cabin built in 1827 is Clay Township’s oldest structure. John Kinzer built the unique two-story log cabin for his wife and children in a dense woods on a hill above a flowing spring. Kinzer built the Georgian home next to the cabin in 1847, which is decorated for the tour by David Jackson.

The Scott Jones Estate on West 116th Street was originally built in 1939 and then extensively expanded in the late 1990’s. In addition to this home’s classic architecture, it is uniquely decorated with some amazing pieces

White Chapel Church was built in 1853 after the Mattsville area Methodists outgrew the first Blue School, aka the Farley Schoolhouse. Construction was completed through donated labor and materials.  The only cost to the church was $14. White Chapel is Clay Townships only pioneer church still standing.


• Friday, December 2nd – 5 and 7:30pm. $50 (evening tours include appetizers)
• Saturday, December 3rd – tours on the hour 9am to 3pm. $30
• Sunday, December 4th – 12pm. $20

Participants will park at the north parking lot of IU North hospital. Buses will shuttle participants to each property. Participants will need a printed ticket in order to board the bus. The tour will take about three hours.



Learn the history, appreciate the antiques, notice the architectural details, get ideas for your own holiday décor…and contribute to a great cause!


Learn the history, appreciate the antiques, notice the architectural details, get ideas for your own holiday décor…and contribute to a great cause!


Volunteers for the 2016 Holiday Home Tour Committee are needed!  Contact us at to see how you can get involved!

Letter from Executive DirectorHello CCHS Members!

As interim Executive Director of the CCHS, I would like to introduce myself. As some of you may know, my family and I moved to Carmel three years ago when we bought the historic McShane house on Westfield Blvd. This was my first experience with the CCHS, and I was drawn to them by their passion for historic properties in and around Carmel. I was then asked to be on the Holiday Home Tour that year and had a great experience! If it weren’t for the CCHS, the historic McShane house could have been torn down. Thanks to the passion of their members, my family and I had the unforgettable experience of renovating this amazing house. It has become our forever home. As you can tell I have become one of those passionate people that would like to document and preserve our Carmel history.

I am originally from South Bend Indiana and moved here to attend Herron School of Art where I received my bachelor’s degree in art education. I taught for seven years and then became a stay at home mom for the last twelve years. My husband Paul and I and our three kids moved to Carmel from Fishers, and I consider this the best move we ever made.

After moving to a rental house, we spent one year renovating the McShane house to its former glory. We are in love with not only the house, but the surrounding Carmel area. With that said, I am looking forward to being involved with the CCHS at a much more day-to-day basis. I am looking forward to the programs that we will offer and exhibits that we will share. I have a passion for antiquities and history, and I cannot wait to share with the community what Carmel has to offer.

I am looking forward to interacting with the community as much as possible, and I hope to see you at the Monon Depot or the Holiday Home Tour this year.

Emily Ehrgott

Interim Executive Director

Springtime TeaWe are excited about this year’s Springtime Luncheon!  We have a wonderful speaker, Carolyn Goolsby, director of the Carmel Clay Public Library, and a fabulous location in the grandiose Palladium!  Carolyn will speak about the history of libraries, the origin of the CCPL in the historic library that still stands on Main Street, and her vision for the future of our library and its role in the growing Carmel community.

When:  April 28th, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Where: Palladium, 1 Center Green, Carmel
Price:  $30 Non-Members / $25 Members. Use discount code: member.

Members can purchase tickets for non-member guests for $15. Use discount code: newfriend.

Your ticket price includes a delicious and elegant luncheon as well as a tour of the Palladium and a behind the scenes look at the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Exhibit and Archives.

Members, if you bring a friend who is not a member, their ticket will be half price!

You can reserve your seat online or by mailing a check, payable to the Carmel Clay Historical Society, and include “Springtime Luncheon” in the memo. Please include a list of guests who will be attending.

This will be a lovely time of good company in a beautiful setting and supports an important local cause that truly shapes our community. We hope to see you on April 28th; and, members: don’t forget to bring a friend!
















On Saturday, June 27th from 4-5:15pm, the Monon Depot will be the setting for two 30-minute storytelling performances by Celestine Bloomfield and Bob Sanders as part of Summer Porch Tales series. These performances are suitable for all ages.  Pack a picnic basket and bring a blanket!

The Summer Porch Tales is made possible by and Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

This weekend’s installment of the Summer Porch Tales will occur at the Historic Ambassador House in Fishers.  Visit for more information.

The Garden and Front Porch Tour has unfortunately been canceled.


June 13 from 10 am to 3 pm

Enjoy strolling through gardens of Old Town on the Carmel Clay Historical Society’s Garden and Front Porch Tour! Learn about the history of Carmel, delight in the ambiance of the homes and lush gardens of Carmel’s oldest streets, and get to know some of  Carmel’s most unique characters.

Maps for this self-guided tour will include historical information about some of the homes and biographies of some interesting figures in the city’s past. Tickets can be purchased for $10 on the day of the event on the Monon Greenway just outside the Monon Depot Museum, 211 1st Street SW, Carmel.

Yoga on the Lawn will start Friday June 5th!


DreamAlive Kid’s Xmas Party

December 10, 2014

It is good to see our board members volunteering for a good cause! Nick Davis, Don Allen and Whitney Dennis volunteered at this year’s DreamAlive Kid’s Christmas Party.  For more information about DreamAlive, click here.FullSizeRender FullSizeRender1

The 18th annual Holiday Home Tour was a lot of fun!  The tour began at the beautiful Coxhall Mansion. From there participants toured four gorgeous homes in Carmel: the 1999 Indy Dream Home, the oldest residence in Old Town, a charming ranch home on Main Street, and the historic McShane Home on Range Line Road.

We’d like to thank all those who attended, and we hope you enjoyed it and will come back again next year! A special thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make this year’s tour the best so far!10848054_878060602225410_7532904616793942686_n 10154388_878067598891377_2802270727695252565_n 10404252_874319842599486_5504920431226236868_n 10411202_878073595557444_8426170434084326407_n 10425482_873407476024056_5407390638436874339_n