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Title Bailly Homestead (Porter Co.)
Collection Paper Artifacts Collection
Object ID 009.2.012
Parent ObjectID 009.2
Object Name File, document
Description 3 subseries, 9 items

The Bailly Homestead, a National Historic Landmark, was the home of Honore Gratien Joseph Bailly de Messein (1774 - 1835). Bailly played a role in the development of the Calumet Region of northern Indiana. He was an independent trader in the extensive fur-trading network that spread from Montreal to Louisiana, and ultimately to Europe. Joseph Bailly was one of the earliest settlers in northern Indiana. In 1822 Bailly set up his fur trading post at the crossroads of several important trails, including the Tolleston Beach and northern branch of the Sauk Trail. He provided a meeting place for Native Americans and Euro-Americans. Except for White Pigeon, Michigan, Bailly's trading post was the only stopping place for travelers and missionaries between Chicago and Detroit. The Bailly Homestead complex is the last remaining site of its nature in the Calumet Region, both in its capacity as a fur trading post and in its vernacular architectural features and construction types. The Bailly Homestead was authorized as a National Historic Landmark in 1962.


Folder 1: Clippings & Articles
Folder 2: Ephemera
Folder 3: Information
Collection Location Paper Artifacts Collection:Drawer 5
Level of description Series
Catalog date 2017-08-30
Subjects Buildings
People Bailly, Honore Gratien Joseph
Cataloged by Amanda A.
Search Terms Bailly Homestead
Bailly Homestead Inn
Calumet Region
National Park Service
Porter County
Region pioneers
U.S. Landmarks