Fortune Farms breaks ground for new barn


A new barn will soon appear on Moore Road as part of Fortune Acres, a new organic farm in the Traders Point area. The barn will house equipment and livestock and will have office space in one end. The structure, which will face Moore Road, will be built on the west side of the street between 86th and 88th Streets.

Fortune Acres reunites the old Gakstatter farm properties, which consist of the home at the southwest corner of 88th Street and Moore Road and 40 acres of adjoining fields. The property has already produced organically grown pastry flour and animal feed.

Speaking to a group of about 20 who turned out for the groundbreaking, landowner Sheila Fortune spoke about the heritage of the farm and told the crowd that “many yummy things” would be produced there. She also noted that the barn, though new, would be constructed largely of reclaimed materials and that very few trees would be harmed in the construction process. posted by Katzenfinch at 11:44 PM

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About Ross Reller

I am pleased you have expressed interest in learning more about the historic Traders Point area in Indianapolis, Indiana. From 1980 to 1982 I was employed in the PR department at Conner Prairie Museum in Hamilton County. There I learned about William Conner, an important figure in Indiana's pioneer days. A decade later I became interested in the history of the Traders Point area and was surprised to learn that William Conner had been the first land owner in the area. In 1823 he acquired, through the Federal land office in Brookville, a patent for an 80 acre tract carved by Eagle Creek and an Indian trail that was about to be named the first toll roadway through the township (Lafayette Road). Thirty years later a village took shape within this tract. A grain mill on the creek, houses, churches, stores, restaurants, and two gas stations would take shape here in the creek valley hamlet of Traders Point. By 1962 all improvements (except a farmer's co-op) had been removed by the Indianapolis Flood Control Board to make way for Interstate 65 and a new reservoir. This blog is dedicated to preserving evidence of this historic area but I will occasionally use it to discuss related topics. To activate this follow, simply click the confirm button below. If you don't want to follow, ignore this message and we'll never bother you again. I am also a member of the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery, a non profit association still selling burial plots for those who would like to spend all eternity in Traders Point, and I am an officer in the Pike Township Historical Society and the Traders Point Association of Neighborhoods.
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