A cast aluminum historical marker is planned to be placed at the Historic Shupe Homestead. It will commemorate the Historic Homestead, focusing particularly on Jacob Shupe and his house, which still stands today as the oldest in Amherst on its original foundation. We are very excited to get this plaque made and placed at the Homestead, in order to properly recognize the property and its significance. Thanks to Museum Contributor Jeff Sigsworth for his assistance in reviewing the text for the marker. We will be going through the Southwell Co. of Texas to manufacture the marker. July 2014.
The text will read:
Jacob Shupe, Amherst’s founder, settled atop this hill in 1811, soon constructing the first sawmill, gristmill, house, and distillery in this vicinity. Participant in first funeral, father of first native-born pioneer child, and first farmer in Amherst. His house, the oldest in Amherst, still stands today as a private residence.
A shop drawing of the historical marker as planned for the Shupe Homestead.
Furthermore, a “Preserved Land” sign, provided by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, will be placed in the front portion of the property, near the entrance to the property. In Sept. 2008, we signed a land conservation easement through the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, in cooperation with the New Indian Ridge Museum and Nahorn family, in order to conserve the unique and important natural resources of the Historic Shupe Homestead, along the Beaver Creek, in perpetuity. A rendition of this sign is shown below: