Welcome to the New Indian Ridge Museum at the 1811 Historic Shupe Homestead Wildlife Preserve

~ Est. November 24, 2000 by Col. Matthew W. Nahorn ~ 

Col. Matthew W. Nahorn kneels before the original entry door to the Indian Ridge Museum, while holding a wooden sign, also from the Museum.  The door was salvaged by Col. Nahorn in 2000.  The wooden arrow was later re-united with the door, where it had been mounted for almost 70 years.

The New Indian Ridge Museum is a private endeavor that was founded in 2000 by Col. Matthew W. Nahorn, at the Shupe Homestead and is not open to the public.  Matt wishes to impress upon all that he and his family have been incredibly blessed to be able to conserve and maintain the beauty and history of Amherst’s Historic Shupe Homestead.  For over 200 years, the Homestead’s primary use has remained as a private residence.  The Museum maintains three main goals that guide preservation objectives.  These goals include:

I. Educate interested individuals on and preserve the history of Amherst, focusing on the founding, the early years, and founding father, Jacob Shupe and his family.

II. Preserve the history of Col. Raymond C. and Mrs. Ruth Vietzen and their Indian Ridge Museum.  The intent of this goal is to reassemble as many artifacts as possible from the original Indian Ridge Museum and Vietzen collection, into the New Indian Ridge Museum, especially those artifacts that have been locally found.

III. Preserve, protect, document, and report on important prehistoric and historic artifacts, sites, and other pieces of history that aid in the further edification of individuals on the broad patterns of this region’s unique prehistory and history.

Revised August 10, 2008; updated 2010.

Shupe Brief Overview Factsheet


Col. Nahorn stands beside an original runnerstone mill buhr from Jacob Shupe’s grist mill, c. 1813.  The mill was located across the road from the Shupe Homestead, powered by Beaver Creek.  This stone stood as a monument at the Central School in Amherst from 1934 – 2013 when it was moved back to the Shupe Homestead, where the New Indian Ridge Museum is located.  The sandstone base is from the Cleveland Quarries, and the sandstone slab upon which it sits was salvaged by the Nahorns from a local barn.  The surrounding handmade bricks, originally comprised the historic Capt. Flint House c. 1860. 

The New Indian Ridge Museum is part of the 1811 Historic Jacob Shupe Homestead Wildlife Preserve in Amherst, Ohio.  The Jacob Shupe Family, the founding family of Amherst, Ohio, was an important early Lorain County family.  Learn more about them in the Early Amherst, Ohio history section of this website.  Also see the Shupe Brief Overview Factsheet, above.  

The early Greek revival style house that Mr. Shupe constructed was first taxed in Lorain County in 1826 and is the first frame house to have been constructed in Amherst, Ohio.  It was initially listed on the 1819 Huron County tax list, before Lorain County was formed – when this area was still part of Huron County.  Lorain County was later carved from Cuyahoga, Huron, and Medina Counties.  The Shupe House is among the oldest of its kind still standing in Lorain County.  Construction of the house actually began in 1812, making it one of the first frame houses in Lorain County and the oldest in Amherst.  Its principle use today remains as a private residence, just as it has for over two hundred years.  

The property on which the historic house is situated (20 acres original core of the original several hundred purchased by Jacob Shupe) is now protected through a land conservation easement held by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, in cooperation with the Nahorn Family.  This historically and ecologically important Homestead, encompassing Beaver Creek, has been recognized as an historic landmark by the Amherst Historical Society and the Lorain County Historical Society, in conjunction with the Lorain County Preservation Network.  The property is also listed on the Ohio Historic Inventory of Historic Properties.

The New Indian Ridge Museum is not open to the public.  However, Col. Matt Nahorn does offer free programs on various local prehistory, early historic history, and environmental (watershed) awareness topics.  As a lifelong Amherst resident, he is actively involved in local history organizations.  Please contact Matt HERE   

A projectile point made of beautiful Flint Ridge Material from Southern Ohio. The artifact was found in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio. Originally in the Indian Ridge Museum, now preserved at the New Indian Ridge Museum.  The Flint Ridge material is Ohio’s state gemstone.

Following is a document outlining program / speaking offerings by Col. Nahorn & the Museum: Program Offerings 

Col. Matthew W. Nahorn, a lifelong Amherst resident, resides at the Historic Shupe Homestead and manages the property.  

“…..Preserving, interpreting, and teaching the past…..

…..to prepare and build for the future….”

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