Downtown Wolcott, Indiana is a treat within itself. It’s small, yes, but there are some wonderful places to eat and play. Drive or walk in any direction away from the charming little downtown area and what do you find? Home after incredible home. I love it.
Wolcott was platted in 1861. Mr. Anson Wolcott (hmm, I wonder where the town name came from?) had purchased more than 3,000 acres in the township three years before. That is no small amount of acreage. Apparently he had some big plans. Finally, he was able to return to the area and platted the town.
The Town of Wolcott
According to the Town of Wolcott website, “The streets were developed and were named: North, Johnson, Market, South, Anderson, and Scott Streets, all running east and west; and Range, Second, Third, and Fourth Streets, all running north and south.”
Mr. Wlcott was smart about where he put the town–it followed the train tracks, eventually turning Wolcott into a nice little hub of industry, shipping and buying corn. It has stayed true to that farming heritage.
I don’t know about you, but I thoroughly enjoy looking at houses when we drive through these Indiana towns. I like to see how they have decorated their front porches, I like seeing if they have a garden and how they’ve arranged it, and I especially love it when we drive through at night. If there are lights on inside, I am hoping for a glimpse of the interior. I don’t think that’s creepy, is it?
The Victorian homes always catch my eye. The turrets, the stained glass, the attention to detail you just don’t find in new homes. Second floor balconies are just the neatest thing ever. I would love to have a home with one. I would use it as my office. Can’t you see it now? Door thrown open during the warmer months, the sounds of outside filling the room, the scent of summer in the air? Victorian architecture was certainly built to last.
Here in White County though, Wolcott House reigns supreme. It is a glorious former residence that is in fantastic shape, sits back from the road, and really is a commanding presence in this small town. It’s one of those times when, if you are looking out the window, you will be so shocked when you see it that you can’t even say anything coherent. It comes out more of an excited sound.
This excellent landmark is occasionally open for tours. You may call ahead or visit during the Wolcott Summer Fest for your chance to see inside. It’s incredible. But then, how can you not love a house that features a top level glassed-in room?
Wolcott is a nice little town. Have you visited? Or do you live there? What are some of your favorite things to do or places to play or eat in Wolcott? Please share so other readers can benefit from your knowledge.
Wolcott, Indiana Architecture: Victorian Extravaganza
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