Parke Co. building on watch list

PARKE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) An Indiana historic landmark is falling apart right here in the Wabash Valley. Rockville’s Parke County Home has fallen into such decay it’s now on one of the state’s watch lists.

The wind bristles through the broken window and the years gone by at the two story brick building. At one point in history it sat as a haven for the poor and downtrodden of Parke County.

“The original building was probably done in the late 1830s,” Karin Woodson of the Parke County historical society said. “It was for indigents. People who could no longer support themselves or had no family to support themselves.”

The poorly covered up title stone masks that part of history. But if you look closely it still reads Parke County Poor Asylum. It was a self sustaining farm and community for close to 100 years; selling cows and crops to give the poor a home.

“The next thing they did then it became a nursing home,” Woodson said. “Several people that I knew went out there.”

The last 5 years have not been kind to the historic building. With a new coat of neglect and the eerie silence of a haunted building it is fading into the pages of history…

The state of the Parke County Home is in such disrepair that this year the group Indiana Landmarks placed it on the top 10 of the most endangered properties across the state; and there is no immediate plan for the building.

“The county does not have the wherewithal nor has anyone at this point developed an idea of what you could do with a building that size other than a nursing home,” Woodson said sighing.

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