Welcome to the New Indian Ridge Museum at the 1811 Historic Shupe Homestead Wildlife Preserve!
~ Celebrating over 20 Years of Preservation & Education Est. November 24, 2000 ~
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The New Indian Ridge Museum is a private museum that was founded in 2000 by Col. Matthew W. Nahorn. The Museum maintains three main goals that guide the preservation objectives. These 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.
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. It 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. Thanks to Sprenger Health Care for donating this important local artifact for preservation locally. Special thank you to Wendy Dolyk for her aid in securing the piece. The handmade bricks that surround this display originally comprised the historic Capt. Flint House c. 1860.
The New Indian Ridge Museum is currently housed at the Historic 1811 Jacob Shupe Homestead Wildlife Preserve on Cooper Foster Park Road in Amherst, Ohio. Jacob Shupe, the founder of and first settler in Amherst, Ohio, was an important early Lorain County figure. Learn more about him in the Early Amherst, Ohio history section. 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. It was built c. 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 house is situated (15 acres of the original several hundred purchased by Jacob Shupe) is now protected through a land conservation easement held with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, in cooperation with the New Indian Ridge Museum Wildlife Preserve. This historically and ecologically important parcel of land, abutting the 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.
An important quotation that we particularly found of interest that was made by Col. Raymond C. Vietzen of the original Indian Ridge Museum, which pertains to our collections today as well:
“I have never sold any excavated items, and I do not plan to do so. This material should be kept together for future study by young scientists and not scattered among collectors of curious.” This quotation by Col. Vietzen provides an insight into how he ran his museum. Furthermore, even as the New Indian Ridge Museum does not conduct large-scale archaeological explorations, with any archaeological material that we work to preserve, we follow the essence of this statement: all material should be kept together and documented for future study and all archaeological explorations should be conducted scientifically and with great respect.
The New Indian Ridge Museum does not maintain a schedule of regular operating hours and is not currently open to the public. However, we do offer programs on various local prehistory, history, and environmental (watershed) awareness topics. Please email us HERE to inquire upon any questions you may wish to ask concerning the museum, its goals, or the history we are preserving. Please also view our newsletter, posted on this website, to learn about news in the local archaeological, historical, and environmental world.
Col. Nahorn presents several programs and is actively involved in local historical organizations. (See below)
Following is a document outlining program / speaking offerings by Col. Nahorn & the Museum: Program Offerings
“…..Preserving, interpreting, and teaching the past…..
…..to prepare and build for the future…..”