Chief Richardville was the son of a fur trader father and a Miami Indian mother. At the time of his death in 1841, he was considered the richest man in Indiana.
Having built a trading empire, it’s likely that if he were alive today, he would approve of Traders’ Days, named in his honor and taking place at his house November 3-4. Like it or not, the gift-giving season is almost here, which means it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping, especially for those people you know who already have everything they could ever want.
Traders’ Days at the Chief Richardville House is an annual event put on by the fine folks at The History Center that offers an opportunity to pick up unique, and often one-of-a-kind, items that you won’t be able to find at the mall or your nearest big box retail store. Vendors, craftsmen, and artists will be on hand both days to offer their wares, including many Native American items like beading, carved wood pieces, corn husk dolls, shields, jewelry, clothing, and feather work. Since it is the season, you’ll be able to find that special Christmas ornament for your tree and take home some homemade baked goods for yourself or for a gift as well.
The event is free and is located at 5705 Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne. (Chris Hupe)