New Exhibits at Virtual Museum!

Welcome once again to the From Time to Thyme Virtual Museum. We have some new exhibits of lost Hamilton County historical objects! Step this way to see a beaver hat made in 1806. According to the October 15, 1929, Noblesville Daily Ledger, the original owner of the hat was Samuel Carey, a prominent Philadelphia Quaker.…

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The President’s Pie

One hundred years ago this week a Westfield woman secured her 15 minutes of fame — not by saving someone from a burning building or anything like that, but by baking a pie! The story actually began a few months earlier in February when Indiana Senator Harry S. New and his wife came to Noblesville…

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The Bird Man of Hamilton County

With the Blatchley Nature Study Club celebrating its 100th anniversary this month, this seemed like the perfect time to devote a column to the man most responsible for the club’s existence, Dr. Earl Brooks. Although Dr. Brooks is probably best known as a naturalist, that was just one facet of his amazing life. He truly…

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Hamilton County’s Roads to Nowhere

If you’ve ever studied a map of Hamilton County, you can’t fail to notice this county has several roads that go nowhere. Well okay, they actually do go SOMEwhere; they just don’t lead where you might expect because the communities for which they were named no longer exist. In a few cases, like Cyntheanne and…

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A Chapter is Closing at the Library

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially after last week’s column on Kirk’s Hardware was such a downer, but I wanted to let people know the Noblesville (i.e. Hamilton East) library is about to lose one of its most valuable assets. On April 22, Nancy Massey, the library’s Indiana Room Coordinator, will…

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A Fond Farewell To Kirk’s Hardware

It just breaks my heart that we’ve lost Kirk’s Hardware. I’ve always considered it, Smith’s Jewelers, the Uptown Cafe and Syd’s, the four pillars of downtown Noblesville because they’re the four oldest businesses on the courthouse square. While it’s hard to imagine the square without any one of them, it’s especially difficult to process Kirk’s…

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It Started With the Chickens AND the Eggs

If businesses were eligible for the Notable Nineties list, the Gatewood Vegetable Farm and Greenhouse would be a Sensational Centenarian. The four-generation family business is celebrating its 100th year in 2022, a distinction few local operations can claim. And to think, it all started in 1915 with 50 baby chicks that came shipped in an…

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Celebrating Violas — 2022 Herb of the Year

It’s baaack! After a two year absence because of Covid, the Herb Society of Central Indiana’s annual Spring Symposium is returning to the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. To make up for the lost time, there will be presentations on the Herbs of the Year for…

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The From Time to Thyme Virtual Museum

Over the years I’ve run across quite a few stories in the old newspapers that deal with people discovering, or disclosing, the existence of various items of historical significance to Hamilton County — objects that, if uncovered today, would probably end up in some museum. In most cases, I don’t know what became of these…

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