While working on the Sullivan House in Madison, Indiana, this treasure trove of ladies' shoes (and boot) was found by John Marsh of John Marsh Building and Remodeling as he was tearing off a box gutter. These non-matching shoes were found buried underneath blown-in insulation in attic space where the roof meets the outside brick wall on the front of the house.
As you can see, they are in extremely fragile condition, possibly dating back to the 1840s. One must wonder why or how this collection wound up inside the attic space where they were found. Maybe the shoes' owner(s) hid them away for someone to find someday. The historians who best know about Judge Jeremiah Sullivan and family will figure it all out.
Patrick Cunningham will repair the box gutters.