Eagle’s Edge ,8140 Moore Road, The Samuel Dowden House, is currently owned by Dennis and Patti Smith. It was built in 1930 for Attorney Samuel Dowden and has since been owned by several prominent Indianapolis doctors and lawyers. It is believed that Dowden originally constructed a cabin in the 1920s with a sunroom on the site which overlooks Eagle Creek. In 2004 Dennis and Patti, who are professional contractors, meticulously renovated the original structure. Their renovation took nearly every wall down to the original plaster lathe. They moved doorways, butler pantries, hallways, even bathrooms. They turned a maid’s room into a master closet. They also
installed hickory plank flooring and crown moldings as the home would have had originally and opened ceilings in the foyer and the master bedroom. It is a showplace for the Smith’s capabilities in remodeling the older home. The original house was rated by Indiana Historic Landmarks in 1990 as an outstanding example of the Colonial Revival architectural style. The property is also noted in Eliza Steelwater’s comprehensive document “National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form” that led to the recognition of the Traders Point area’s significance by the U.S. Department of Interior/National Park Service which in 2009 named a portion of Pike Township a Rural Historic District.
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.