Red Cross move leaves house empty


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ A sign outside of a house on Indianapolis Avenue in Seymour denotes the house as the American Red Cross office, though this is no longer the case. The Jackson County Chapter of the American Red Cross has moved to the third floor of the Community Agency Building at 113 N. Chestnut Street, leaving the future of the home, believed to be one of the oldest in Seymour, uncertain.

Seymour’s oldest house needs a new resident.

The recent move of the American Red Cross to the Community Agency Building downtown leaves the two-story frame Carter House at 410 Indianapolis Ave. with an uncertain future.

The Carter House, which is on National Register of Historic Places, goes on the market early this spring, said Mary Ellen Anable, executive director of the Jackson, Bartholomew and Brown counties chapters of the Red Cross.

The house is thought to be the oldest still standing in Seymour, built in the 1850s by the city’s first postmaster, Travis Carter. The house, which also served as a post office, was rehabilitated in the 1980s by the former Seymour Heritage Foundation.

“We’re hoping that it will work for someone in the community, possibly another organization that could use it,” Anable said. “I think the national Red Cross wants to see that house preserved in the community.”

That would please former Seymour Heritage member Polly Schneck of Seymour.

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