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Historic Metamora Inc

PO Box 13

Metamora, IN 47030

Historic Metamora Inc is a membership organization of Indiana's Canal Town involved in preserving and interpreting a nineteenth century Hoosier village.

Metamora was platted in 1838 along the projected path of the Whitewater Canal, an infrastructure project intended to provide a transportation channel to bring the products of the interior of the state to the Ohio River, and thence to the Mississippi.

 

It was named for a play featuring a heroic native figure that was written for the famous Shakesperian actor Edwin Forrest. It was settled as a community of businesses and industries utilizing the canal and the Whitewater River for both transportation and hydraulic power.

 

Today Metamora is the home of the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site and lies midway on the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway. It is a trailhead for the Whitewater Canal Trail and a destination for the scenic railway  Whitewater Valley Railroad, an operating railroad museum. It boasts a collection of intact nineteenth century buildings that are indigenous to the site as well as an area of transplanted log structures brought in during the last century to house shops and businesses in the west end of town.

 

Shown below is the Duck Creek Aqueduct, believed to be the only wooden covered bridge aqueduct in operation, and named to the National Register in 2014. This photo was taken by HABS in 1934 before the restoration of the structure.