Mattsville

mattsville store photo

In 1857 Madison Richardson, or “Matt” as he was called, purchased six acres on the bank of Cool creek in Delaware Township (now Clay Township). Matt built a two-story building. The Richardson family lived upstairs. He operated a small grocery and general store on the first floor. To get water from the well at the back of the house, the Richardsons pumped it into a bucket and used a pulley to get it to the second floor.

The store attracted more settlers, and soon Mattsville was a small village that consisted of four log cabins, two houses, a saw mill and the general store. The road outside the store became known as Mattsville Pike. Today we call it 116th Street. Matt’s store became a gathering place for the other villagers. It had a post office inside in which people could pick up their mail once a week. The saw mill was later converted into a grist mill to grind grains like corn and wheat.

Today Matt’s store and residence is the only Mattsville building still standing.

Click here to read a newspaper article about Mattsville.

Click here to go back to the topics page.