Welcome

Welcome to the Historic Gruenewald House.  We hope that you will take some time to learn about this Anderson, Indiana landmark.  The Gruenewald House is available for tours as well as events!

Please take a few minutes to explore our history, and we hope to see you soon at the Gruenewald House!

Special Events

The Gruenewald House hosts special events all year round.  Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, many public events are not confirmed at this time. Please check for updates on our website and social media platforms!

Daughters Of the American Revolution visit the Gruenewald House

On August 26, 2020 eighteen members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Kikthawenund Chapter marched in downtown Anderson in their white regalia portraying suffragists of 1920.  Afterwards, they were guests of Gruenewald Historic House for a 1920 reenactment discussion about women’s suffrage, tour of the main floor of the House, and garden party.  COVID-19 …

History

Martin Gruenewald was born in Darmstadt, Germany, October 12, 1839. He came to America at the age of 21 with $4 in his pocket, and went to Chilicothe, Ohio.  In 1861, he moved to Connersville, Ind., where he met Wilhelmina Christiana Dick. Christiana was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, in 1840. She came to America when she was 14 to live with her sister.  Martin and Christiana were married in 1866, and moved to Anderson in 1869.  They had three daughters and two sons.  Mr. Gruenewald had managed a brewery in Connersville and wished to open one in Anderson.  When he could not obtain the proper permits, he opened a billiard parlor and sampling room.  He became one of Anderson’s most successful businessmen and landowners.  Christiana died of lung hemorrhage in 1889 at the age of 49.  Martin continued to live in the house until his death in 1933 at the age of 94.  The house passed through many hands between 1933 and the 1970s, when it was declared a historic site and restoration began.  Today, the Gruenewald Historic House is a beautiful example of Victorian-American elegance. 

A Special Thanks

Funding has been provided to Gruenewald Historic House from Indiana Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.

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