Sunday, December 27, 2009

New Web Site

Welcome to the new web site for Places in Indiana.  All of the content from the old web site has been moved here. I hope you enjoy the new site and the added features. I hope to add a lot of new places for you to visit as well as some informative articles. Keep checking back for new content.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Madison Public Boat Ramp - Madison Indiana

Madison Public Boat Ramp - Madison Indiana
Located on the riverfront at the foot of West Street in Madison in Jefferson County.

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The Madison Public Boat Ramp is open year round.
Launching a boat at the Madison Public Boat Ramp is free.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Madison City Park System - Madison

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Madison City Park System Office Address
101 West Main St.
Madison, IN 47250
(812) 265-8308


There are twelve parks which comprise part of the 220 acres of developed park/recreation properties





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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Heritage Trail – Madison Indiana

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Heritage Trail

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Madison’s Heritage Trail, which currently stretches from the Madison State Hospital on the hilltop to the corner of Vernon and Vaughn Streets on the riverfront, used to be the best-kept secret in town. Now almost daily new users discover the dramatic views, historical landmarks, and natural wonders along its 1.4 mile length.

connects downtown Madison with the hilltop and overlooks the Ohio River.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mainstreet Business District - Madison Indiana

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Mainstreet Business District - Madison Indiana





Madison’s downtown district includes a thriving and revitalized shopping area - offering vintage quilts and antiques, gourmet foods, clothing, arts and crafts. Madison’s Main Street was one of three model demonstration cities for a Main Street pilot project developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Madison Art Club Gallery

The Madison Art Club Gallery
309 West Main St
Madison, IN 47250
812 265 2923

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Madison Art Club Gallery
The Madison Art Club Gallery features new exhibits every 30-45 days. Local artwork for sale

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Hanover College – Hanover Indiana

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Hanover College
359 E. LaGrange Road
Hanover, IN 47243
1-812-866-7000





Take the scenic drive through the Hanover College campus or contact the Public Relations Office for guided campus tours.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Chief White Eye Trail – Madison to Canaan Indiana

Ohio River at Vevay, Indiana
Ohio River at Vevay, Indiana
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South East Edition
Markers & Museums
South East Edition
Chief White Eye Trail – Madison to Canaan Indiana
The Chief White Eye Trail through the rolling hills, farmland and forests of the eastern portion of Jefferson County is magnificent during Spring and Fall. This scenic drive follows State Route 62 from Madison to Canaan, Indiana. The trail is about ten miles long, to Canaan.
Scenic Return to Madison
Visitors can complete a scenic loop by continuing on east on Indiana 62. The highway passes through Friendship, Indiana and ends at US 50 at Dillsboro. A right turn on US 50 (East) takes the route to Indiana State Road 56 at Aurora. Turning right on SR 56 will provide a lovely return to Madison. This is a distance of about 107 miles and should take about two hours to complete.
Alternate Route
An alternate route would be to take Indiana 156 at its with SR 56 intersection a few miles west of Aurora. SR 156 returns to SR 56 at Vevay. This alternate route follows the Ohio River and will add perhaps an hour to the drive. Visitors will find an assortment of local restaurants all along the way as well as galleries, shops and other interesting points at the towns along the way. Each year Canaan hosts the Canaan Fall Festival and Pony Express Mail Run in early September. For more information, contact:
Canaan Fall Festival and Pony Express Mail Run
Main Street
Canaan, IN 47224 United States
For more information on Jefferson County Contact:
Visit Madison
Madison, Indiana
1 (800) 559 2956
1 (812) 265 2956
info@visitmadison.org


For information on Vevay

For Information on Aurora

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Broomtail Carriage Company – Madison Indiana

Broomtail Carriage Company
3386 S. Co. Rd 225 West
812-756-4168

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The Broomtail Carriage Company offers historic tours, 6 passenger carriage, 20 passenger trolley, weddings, call for reservatons.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lanier-Schofield House - Madison IN

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Lanier-Schofield House
217 W. Second Street
Madison
812-265-4759




Built circa 1816 in the Federal Style the Lanier-Schofield House is believed to be the first two-story tavern house in Madison. Maintained by the Indiana Masonic Lodge.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lanier Mansion – Madison Indiana

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Lanier Mansion
601 W. First Street
812-265-3526
Madison Indiana





The Lanier Mansion has been designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994. This 1844 Greek Revival mansion was designed by architect Francis Costigan for financier and railroad magnate James F.D. Lanier.

The Lanier Mansion is located just off the Ohio River Byway in the city of Madison, Indiana. On a slight rise above the Ohio River, the mansion was the home ofJames Franklin Doughty Lanier in the 1800′s. Fully restored with period furniture the house is now a state owned museum just a few minutes walk from historic downtown Madison.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Madison Railroad Station – Madison Indiana

Madison Railroad Station – Madison Indiana
Madison Railroad Station – Madison Indiana

Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South East Edition
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums -
South East Edition
Madison Railroad Station
On the Heritage Center grounds is the restored Madison Railroad Station, a brick Victorian-era passenger depot noted for its octagonal waiting room that is over two stories tall. The Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago, and St. Louis Railroad Company constructed the building in 1894. After discontinuing passenger service in 1935, the railroad used the building for storage until the 1960's. The Wilco Electric Company used the building until its purchase by the Jefferson County Historical Society in 1986. The Historical Society restored the structure and it now houses a railroad museum.
Madison Railroad Station 
615 W. First Street
812-265-233

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

African Methodist Episcopal Church Building

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African Methodist Episcopal Church Building
309 East Fifth Street
Madison National Register District
Madison, Indiana






The African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 309 E. Fifth Street in the National Register District of Madison, Indiana is one of two churches established in an area known as “Georgetown”.

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Rising Star Casino Resort


Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,


Rising Star Casino Resort

The Rising Star Casino and Resort offers excellent gaming opportunities on the banks of the Ohio River in Rising Sun, Indiana. It also offers much more.
The four restaurants at Rising Star Casino Resort offer a variety of dining experiences from casual to elegant.
The River View Buffet is a delicious all-you-care-to-eat bounty of food with a beautiful setting overlooking the scenic Ohio River. Feast on carved meats, country barbecue, delectable Italian fare, and an array of fresh salads and desserts.
At Wellington's, experience warmth and elegance in this fine dining setting while enjoying the finest choice cuts of tender beef, tantalizing chops, fresh ocean seafood, an extensive wine list, and scrumptious desserts.
Enjoy the Queen City's favorites when you catch a bite to eat in Queen City Market. Serving Cincinnati's best: Graeter's Ice Cream, LaRosa's Pizza and Skyline Chili.
At The Pub, you can catch your favorite team on television or enjoy free band performances on Friday and Saturday nights while enjoying a frosty beverage and appetizers with friends.
Enjoy golfing at the Links at Rising Star Casino Resort is Southern Indiana's only true Scottish links-style golf course. This Tim Liddy designed gem features gently rolling bent grass fairways and greens nestled among traditional long waste bunkers, winding lakes and heather rough.
Rising Star Casino Resort has 201 well appointed and comfortable rooms and suites. Our 201 room resort, nestled along the banks of the Ohio River, includes an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, exercise room and free wireless internet.
Enjoy fabulous live entertainment too.

© Indiana Places 2017

Rising Star Casino Resort
777 Rising Star Drive
Rising Sun, Indiana 47040
1-812-438-1234 or
1-800-GRAND-11

Friday, October 9, 2009

Yellowwood State Forest – Nashville, Indiana

Yellowwood State Forest - Yellowwood Lake
Yellowwood State Forest - Yellowwood Lake
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South Central Edition
Markers & Museums -
South Central Edition
Yellowwood State Forest
Yellowwood State Forest has a lot to offer the outdoor enthusiast. A visit to Yellowwood will reveal trails to hike for the hiker, lakes to fish for the angler and forests to hunt for the hunter. Indiana State Forests are known as multi use properties. A number of activities take place there and they are a great place to visit during your vacation or weekend visit. With a gold panning, permit available at the Forest Office.
Yellowwood State Forest Picnic Area and Campground
Yellowwood State Forest Picnic Area and Campground

Picnicking
The picnic area at Yellowwood State Forest overlooks Yellowwood Lake. The pavilion is available to rent for family reunions, weddings or other events. Call the park office for rental information. There is a shelter with two fireplaces for cooking. Visitors will also find numerous picnic tables and fire rings for charcoal grilling. The grounds are well mowed and maintained. The surrounding Indiana forestland is a wonderful backdrop.
Yellowwood State Forest - Hiking
Yellowwood State Forest - Hiking
Hiking
Yellowwood Lake Trail surrounds Yellowwood Lake. It is about five miles long and goes through various habitats. Two sections pass through a fragrant pine forest. Yellowwood Lake Trail also passes through some magnificent forestland. It is about a two to three hour hike. Other trails include the four-mile Scarce O' Fat Trail and the one and one half mile Jackson Creek Trail. The Resource Management Trail is a one and one-half mile self-guiding educational trail. Pick up a brochure at the Park Office, just across the road. The forty-two mile Tecumseh Trail also passes through Yellowwood. http://www.hoosierhikerscouncil.org/tecumseh-trail/
This trail begins in Morgan-Monroe State Forest and traverses the Indiana countryside on its way to its trailhead in the Hoosier State Forest. Find more information about this trail at the link.
Yellowwood State Forest - Fishing Boat Ramp
Yellowwood State Forest - Fishing Boat Ramp

Fishing and Boating
Yellowwood Lake is open for fishing and boating. The DNR limits boat motors to electric trolling motors and anglers will need an Indiana State Fishing License. Since this is a mixed-use facility, hunters are allowed to hunt for deer, turkey, rabbits and squirrels. Hikers should wear hunter orange during hunting season. Hunters will need a current Indiana Hunting license.
Horseback Riding
Equestrians will find a ten site primitive horseman's campground at Yellowwood. They will find around twenty miles of horse trails. "W" Horse Trail connects with the Brown County State Park trail system.
Camping
The Primitive Class C campground has about eighty sites. There are no shower facilities but there are vault toilets and running water nearby. There is also a carry in tent campground north of the Park Office. The Campground has a playground nearby.
Gold Panning
Budding prospectors can obtain a free gold panning permit to use at Yellowwood or at Morgan Monroe State Forests. The use of a pick, shovel or any other tool to displace soil is forbidden, but panning for gold is permissible, with the permit. Any archaeological like arrowheads, bones and pottery should be turned in to the office. For a permit, call if you cannot visit during opens hours.  (812) 988-7945
Yellowwood Lake
Yellowwood Lake

Location
Yellowwood State Forest is about two miles off Indiana State Road 46, between Bloomington Indiana and Brown County State Park. It has several lakes and ponds as well as several hiking trails.

Yellowwood State Forest
772 South Yellowwood Road
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-7945

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Links Golf Course – Rising Sun Indiana

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The Links Golf Course
600 Grand Victoria Drive
1-812-438-1234 or
1-800-GRAND-11



The Links at Grand Victoria Casino is Southern Indiana's only true Scottish links-style golf course. This Tim Liddy designed gem features gently rolling bent grass fairways and greens nestled among traditional long waste bunkers, winding lakes and heather rough. Many holes boast panoramic views of the Ohio River Valley.

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© Indiana Places 2011

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Auburn - Cord - Duesenberg Museum - Auburn IN

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Duesenberg Museum
1600 South Wayne Street
PO Box 271
Auburn IN 46706
(260)925-1444



The Duesenberg Museum features car exhibits over 120 cars ranging from 1894 to 1999.  Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg, Cadillac and more classy cars on display. It is a National Historic Site.
Hours
The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day only.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ohio River Scenic Byway – Southern Indiana Drive


Ohio River Scenic Byway – Southern Indiana Drive

Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South East Edition
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums -
South East Edition
Drive the 302 miles of scenic beauty along the Ohio River in Southern Indiana. The Ohio River Scenic Byway goes through historic communities, national forests and quaint villages. This wonderful drive through southern Indiana is a wonderful experience and allows you to visit all the wonderful places in southern Indiana.

On its way across the state it crosses Clark County, Dearborn County, Floyd county, Harrison County, Jefferson County, Ohio County, Perry County, Posey County, South Central Indiana, Spencer County, Switzerland County, Vanderburgh County, and Warrick County.

Ohio River Scenic Byway in Jefferson County
Length - About 26.6 miles
The Ohio River Scenic Byway follows Indiana State Road 62 as it enters Jefferson County from the south about 15 miles northeast of its intersecion with Indiana State Road 3 in Charlestown, Indiana. From the county line the Ohio River Scenic Byway travels north about 7.1 miles to its intersection with Indiana State Road 56. The Ohio River Scenic Byway follows the highways as they run in conjuction with each other for about 5.2 miles where Indiana State Road 62 branches off to the north. The Ohio River Scenic Byway continues to follow Indiana State Road 56 as it passes the south entrance to Clifty Falls State Park, then plunges into downtown Madison, Indiana. About 15.3 east miles the Ohio River Scenic Byway, still following Indiana State Road 56, exits Jefferson County and enters Ohio County.Back to Jefferson County

Ohio River Scenic Byway in Switzerland County
Length - About 35 Miles
The Ohio River Scenic Byway enters Switzerland County on Indiana State Road 56 a short distance east of Brooksburg in Jefferson County. At Vevay the Byway intersects Indiana State Road 156, which it takes along the Ohio River, passing through Patriot before exiting into Ohio County.

Ohio River Scenic Byway in Dearborn County
Ohio River Clock and Chimes at Lawerenceburg
Ohio River Clock and Chimes at Lawerenceburg


A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Length - About 17.2 Miles
The Ohio River Scenic Byway begins at the Ohio state border on US Route 50. It passes through Lawrenceburg and intersects Indiana State Road 56 in Aurora, about 7.6 miles from the Ohio/Indiana Border. It follows Indiana State Road 56 from this point to exiting Dearborn County into Ohio County about 2.5 miles south of this intersection.
For information about attractions, lodging and dining in Dearborn County, contact:
Dearborn County Visitor Center
320 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
812-537-0814



Monday, September 28, 2009

Ohio County Historical Museum – Rising Sun Indiana
Ohio County Historical Museum – Rising Sun Indiana
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums -
South East Edition

The Ohio County Historical Museum includes many artifacts, photos, exhibits and local memorabilia depicting life in a river town early in Indiana's history. This small, well presented museum is a must see for Hoosiers wishing to learn the heritage of their state.
212 South Walnut Street
Rising Sun IN 47040
812-438-4915

© Indiana Places 2016

Ohio County Historical Museum – Rising Sun Indiana

Ohio County Historical Museum – Rising Sun Indiana
Ohio County Historical Museum – Rising Sun Indiana
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums -
South East Edition

The Ohio County Historical Museum includes many artifacts, photos, exhibits and local memorabilia depicting life in a river town early in Indiana's history. This small, well presented museum is a must see for Hoosiers wishing to learn the heritage of their state.
212 South Walnut Street
Rising Sun IN 47040
812-438-4915

© Paul R. Wonning 2017

Friday, September 25, 2009

Ohio County Courthouse

Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums -
South East Edition
In 1844-45, the Ohio County Court House was built entirely by donations; Col. Abel C. Pepper donated the land on which it was constructed. The Ohio County Courthouse is the oldest operating courthouse in Indiana. It is Classical in style and has Doric details in the front facade.
Ohio County Courthouse
413 Main Street
Rising Sun IN

© Paul R. Wonning 2017

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Indiana Railway Museum – Train Rides and Railroad Museum

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Indiana Railway Museum
1 Monon Street
French Lick Indiana 47432
1-800-74-TRAIN





The Indiana Railway Museum is a tourist railway and museum located in French Lick, Indiana. The Museum was founded in 1961 in the town of Westport, Indiana where the railroad operated a tourist excursion utilizing one small locomotive, three passenger cars, and about twenty volunteers.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Rising Sun Indiana




Rising Sun, Indiana
County - Ohio
Township -  Randolph
Area - 1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)
Elevation -  502 ft
Population (2000) - 2,470
ZIP code 47040
Area code(s) 812

Rising Sun was platted in 1814 by John James of Fredericksburg, MD. The town of Rising Sun was registered in 1816. The first documented settlers in the area were recorded in 1798, the Samuel Fulton family. Samuel Fulton was an uncle to Robert Fulton, the inventor of the Steam Boat.

Rising Sun grew rapidly into a large town, due to its location on the Ohio River and the importance of river transportation before the railroad. Before 1844 Rising Sun was in Dearborn County. During the year 1844 Ohio County was seperated from Dearborn County and Rising Sun became the county seat of the new county. A court house was built in 1845. It is the oldest continuously used court house in Indiana.

By the 1850's the railroad was becoming the predominant transportation medium, and the river declined in importance. Rising Sun was never included in the rail system, and suffered a decline after that. The community is reviving during recent years.

State Highway 56 connects Rising Sun with Aurora to the north and Madison, Indiana to the southwest. State Road 262 links the community with US 50 at Dillsboro, Indiana to the northwest.
Ohio County/Rising Sun Tourism
100 S. Walnut St.
Rising Sun, IN 47040

© Indiana Places 2011

Friday, September 18, 2009

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge - Madison Indiana

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge 
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge - Old Timbers Lake
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge - Old Timbers Lake
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums -
South East Edition
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge began life as a test site for weapons during the opening days of World War 2. It has evolved into a unique wildlife haven in Southeastern Indiana. The Refuge, located near Madison, Indiana on US 421 is one of four National Wildlife Refuges found in Indiana. It served as a weapons testing site until the end of the Cold War in the 1980's. Only a very small portion of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is currently open to the public. This is because large tracts of land contain unexploded ordinance. This ordinance is, of course, quite hazardous.
Military Weapons Testing
The 50,000-acre Nature Preserve occupies corners of three Indiana counties, Ripley, Jefferson and Jennings. Big Oaks is the largest of Indiana's three National Wildlife Preserves. The United States military opened the facility in 1940 for use as a weapons testing area. It saw extensive use during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After the 1980's the facility's use began to wan and the military closed it in 1995. The Indiana Air National Guard still uses a 1000-acre parcel as a training range near the center of the property. Large areas of the preserve are off limits to the public due to the presence of unexploded ordinance. The cost to remove this ordinance is prohibitive, so it will remain. It is important when visiting Big Oaks to stay in public approved areas.
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge - Old Timbers Lake
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge - Old Timbers Lake
History of Big Oaks
After Indiana became a state in 1816, the Amerindian tribes that had occupied the land for hundreds of years had left. Small towns and farmsteads grew up in the rolling ground. It was a peaceful, rural area with no large cities close. During the middle years of the Civil War General John Hunt Morgan invaded the state. He crossed the Ohio River near Corydon, Indiana. He crossed the southern Indiana landscape with his 2000 troops. Part of his route lay across the northern portion of Big Oaks. Two Union officers home on leave managed to capture two of his men within the confines of the Refuge. A monument marks the spot where they performed this deed. Hostilities in Europe and Asia in the late 1930's alerted the Army to the need to test more of its munitions. On December 6, 1940, the military announced its intentions to acquire land in southeastern Indiana. They chose this area because it was lightly populated and had nearby roads and rail lines. The military relocated over 400 families and began using it, now known as Jefferson Proving Ground, by the end of the year.
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge - Old Timbers Lake
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge - Old Timbers Lake
Wildlife Returns
Over the course of the military's use of the area, they surrounded it with a tall chain link fence topped by razor wire. Several military personnel and officers served at the base, which also employed many civilians in the area. Thus cut off, the land slowly reverted to forest and grassland and wildlife thrived. By the time the facility closed in 1995 huge tracts had reverted to the forest it had originally been. Deer, wild turkey and other wildlife thrived. After closing, debate over what to do with it occurred over the next few years. At length the government decided to turn it into a National Wildlife Refuge. Though the military still owns the land, the National Park Service manages the parcels within the Refuge. 200 species of birds, 46 species of mammals, 24 species of amphibians, and 17 species of reptiles are found on the refuge.
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge - Picnic Area
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge - Picnic Area
Visiting Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge
The area around Old Timbers Lake in the northwest portion of the Refuge is the only area currently open to the public. It is a seventeen-mile drive from the Visitor Center. The Center is about seven miles from Madison, Indiana on US 421. There are several miles of roadway around the lake, great for an afternoon drive or a day hike. Picnic areas are scattered around through Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge. Hours are Monday and Friday 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM and the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. An admission charge is paid to enter the par. All visitors must view a safety video and sign an acknowledgement of danger form prior to entering the refuge.
Things to Do
Visitors may participate in several activities in the Refuge. Deer hunting and turkey hunting is permitted in designated areas during designated times. Anglers may fish in the 165-acre Old Timbers Lake. Bank fishing, only as boats are not permitted on the lake. Hikers can hike on the designated trails or on the many roads in the public area. Photographers will find many subjects for their camera, as the wild scenery in the Refuge is beautiful. Waterfowl and other wildlife will provide willing subjects. Refuge staff provides guided tours with advance reservation. There are several popular events scheduled throughout the year. See the website for informational brochures, event schedules and current hours of operation.
Directions:
The entrance to the refuge is located on U.S. Highway 421, five miles north of Madison, Indiana. The refuge office is in Building 125 in the cantonment area of the former Jefferson Proving Ground. From Madison, drive north on Highway 421 to the main entrance of the former Jefferson Proving Ground and go west on Ordnance Drive. Take the first right (Shun Pike) and then a left on Niblo Road. Building 125 is located on 1661 West Niblo Road.
Contact:
Fish and Wildlife Service
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge
1661 W. JPG Niblo Rd
Madison,  IN  47250
812-273-0783
bigoaks@fws.gov






















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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Markland Dam Park - Ohio River Park






Markland Dam Park

Markland Dam Park has four ball diamonds play ground area picnic tables shelter houses and fishing on the bank of the Ohio River. The park is near the Markland Dam and Markland Dam Bridge.

Markland Dam Park
532 Hwy 156
Florence IN 47020
(812) 427-2897
532 Hwy 156
Florence IN 47020

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Jennings Park - Ohio River Park





This is the location of the Power Plant that fell in the Ohio River in 1937. Jennings Park is located on the banks of the Ohio River
Enjoy a panoramic view of the Ohio River from the Amish built gazebo in the park.
Jennings Park
West Market St
Vevay, IN 47043
812-427-3131

Monday, September 14, 2009

Dagaz Acres - Zipline Course In Southern Indiana

Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums -
South East Edition
Zipline Course In Southern Indiana
Your zipline adventure begins with a climb to the treetops of Southeastern Indiana and continues over scenic valleys and ravines in a way you’ve never experienced before. A great place to visit for a unique zipline adventure in Indiana.
Zipline Course In Southern Indiana
Dagaz Acres
42 Antioch Ln
Rising Sun, IN 47040
812-594-2727

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Farmers Market in Vevay Indiana

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Vevay Farmer's Markets
Main Cross St.
Vevay, IN 47043
(800) 435-5688

(May-October)

The Farmers Market in Vevay Indiana is a great place to visit to get fresh produce, plants, and a friendly smile. It is located on Main Cross Street, next to the courthouse. The Farmers Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays or by chance.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hillforest Historic Mansion - Aurora Indiana



Hillforest Historic Mansion
Hillforest Historic Mansion



A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Hillforest Historic Mansion

Hillforest sits on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River. Designed by architect Isaiah Rogers and constructed by industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff in 1855, Hillforest Mansion sits astride a hill that affords a majestic view of the Ohio River.
Thomas Gaff (July 8, 1808 - April 25, 1884)

The son of James and Margaret Wilson Gaff, Thomas was native to Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, a paper maker, moved the family to Springfield, New Jersey. Gaff received his education in private schools and learned papermaking from his father. An uncle, Charles Wilson, taught him the distilling business. Thomas and his brother James founded a distillery in Philadelphia. In 1843, the brothers moved their operation to Aurora, Indiana. Their distillery, called the T & J.W. Gaff & Company Distillery, produced bourbon, rye, and Thistle Dew Scotch whiskey. The business thrived and their business empire expanded to include the Crescent Brewing Company, a Nevada silver mine, farming operations and many others. The Gaffs also owned a fleet of steamboats that they used to transport their various products on the rivers.

Isaiah Rogers (August 17, 1800 – April 13, 1869)
The son of Isaac and Hannah Ford Rogers, Isaiah was native to Marshfield, Massachusetts. A student of famed Massachusetts architect Solomon Willard, Isaiah became a leading architect in the United States. He designed structures in Mobile, Alabama, Boston, New York City, Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio. His designs included Boston's Tremont House, New York's Astor House and the Burnett House in Cincinnati.

Hillforest Historic Mansion
Situated on ten acres of land overlooking the Ohio River, Gaff lived in the home until his death in 1884. The Gaff family retained ownership of the home until furniture manufacturer Will Stark purchased the home in 1924. The local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars owned the home, using it as a meeting place, until a group of local citizens purchased the home in 1955. Organizing as the Hillforest Historical Foundation, the group restored the home and opened it for public tours in 1956. The National Historic Landmark Program listed it as a National Historic Landmark in 1992. The restored home is open for tours from April 1 until December 30. The home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992.
Hillforest Historic Mansion
213 Fifth St
Aurora, Indiana
812-926-0087

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Veraestau - Historic Mansion in Southeastern Indiana

Veraestau Historic Site
Veraestau Historic Site
Veraestau Historic Site

A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana

The stately drive to the historic mansion Veraestau is lined with giant oak trees. The property is located about a half mile from Indiana State Road 56. Turn on Market Street, which forms an intersection with Fifth Street and State Road 56. The street climbs the slope, and passes the mansion over four hundred feet above the River.

Ohio River View - Veraestau Mansion
Ohio River View - Veraestau Mansion
Majestic Views of the Ohio River
Commanding views of the river are visible from the lawn and many of the windows of the historic mansion.
300 Year Old Oak - Veraestau Mansion
300 Year Old Oak - Veraestau Mansion
300 Year Old Oak - Veraestau Mansion
This three hundred year old oak tree was standing and quite large when Aurora was laid out under its spreading branches.
Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana
In 2004, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana received the 116-acre property as a gift from the Cornelius and Anna Cook O’Brien Foundation. Today, Veraestau serves as Historic Landmarks Foundation's Southeast Field Office.
Veraestau Historic Site
4696 Veraestau Lane
Aurora, IN 47001-9406
812-926-0983

Tours
Indiana Landmarks opens Veraestau for tours by appointment only.
For information, contact:
veraestau@indianalandmarks.org, 
812-926-0983.

Rentals
Veraestau makes a beautiful venue for weddings, lawn parties, receptions, and small meetings. Call for information about renting the house or grounds for your next event. Please note: Verestau provides only the venue, they do not provide wedding or event planning services.
For information, contact:
veraestau@indianalandmarks.org
812-926-0983.

Veraestau Historic Site
Indiana Landmarks Southeast Field Office
4696 Veraestau Lane
Aurora, IN 47001-9406
812-926-0983
Fax 812-926-3122

veraestau@indianalandmarks.org

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lesko Ohio River Park - Aurora, Indiana

Lesko Park, Aurora, Indiana
Lesko Park, Aurora, Indiana 



A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana
A Visit to Aurora and Lawrenceburg, Indiana 

Lesko Park, Aurora, Indiana 
Lesko Park occupies a grassy, landscaped strip along the Ohio River waterfront. . There are three parking areas strung along Indiana State Road 56 just west of downtown Aurora. River access for boats is nearby using the Aurora Landing just off Judiciary Street. The park derives its name from Aurora Clerk-Treasurer Tony Lesko.
Along the Ohio River
Lesko Ohio River Park features a wide, asphalt walkway which is about a mile long. The walkway provides a great way to get a bit of exercise after a picnic lunch. It is an easy hike along the river. Visitors will find restrooms, playgrounds, picnic shelters and a wonderful vista of the Ohio River. The park provides access to the ten mile long Dearborn Trail that hugs the Ohio River shoreline to Lawrenceburg.
Great vistas of the Ohio River can be found all along the park's trail. You can watch barges and boats ply the waters as well as sight waterfowl feeding in the waters.

Lesko Park
Indiana State Road 56
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Indiana Wine Trail


Indiana Wine Trail

Indiana Wine Trail

The Indiana Wine Trail visits six wineries in Ripley, Switzerland, Jefferson, and Jennings Counties.

Ripley County
888-747-5394
Length - About 30 Miles
Wineries visited:

Ertel Cellars Winery Inc
Ertel Cellars Winery Inc - Indiana Wine Trail
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Ertel Cellars Winery Inc
3794 E County Road 1100 N
Batesville, IN 47006
(812) 933-1500

The Indiana Wine Trail enters Ripley County from Jennings County using US Route 50. Pass through Versailles, Indiana and pass Versailles State Park. Turn left (north) on Indiana State Road 129 towards Batesville. Drive north about 12.1 miles to County Road 1100N. Turn right on County Road 1100N. About 1 mile from the highway you will see Ertle's Winery on the right. From Ertles turn left on 1100N and left on Indiana State Road 129. Return to US Route 50. Turn right on US 50 and again pass through Versailles, turning left on US 421 at the stoplight next to the McDonalds. Indiana State Road 129 follows US Route 421 to an intersection about .5 miles from the McDonalds. Turn left on Indiana State Road 129. Follow Indiana State Road 129 to the Switzerland County Line, about 10 miles south.



Indiana Wine Trail In Jefferson County, Indiana
Length - About 27.9 miles
Jefferson County
800-559-2956
Wineries visited:
Madison Vineyards Estate Winery
1456 E. 400 N.
Madison, Indiana 47250
888-473-6500

Lanthier Winery
123 Mill Street Madison
IN 47250
800-41-WINES |

Thomas Family Winery
208 E. Second St
Madison IN 47250
800-948-8466

The Indiana Wine Trail enters Jefferson County about 1.7 miles from its intersection with Indiana State Road 3 in Jennings County. It follows Indiana State Road 250 for 7.5 miles before turning right (south) on Indiana State Road 7. About 2.7 miles south of this intersection turn left (east) on County Road 400N. The Madison Vineyards Estate Winery is located about 4.2 miles east, after crossing US Route 421. After visiting this winery, continue east for about .5 mile, then turn right (south) on Indiana State Road 62. About 1.5 miles Indiana State Road 62 intersects US Route 421. Turn left (south). After descending into the Ohio River Valley US Route 421 intersects Main Street in Madison after about 3.9 miles. Turn right onto Main. About .5 miles Mill Street intersects Main. After crossing 2nd and 1st streets Lanthier Winery will be on the right. When finished at Lanthier, continue on Mill towards the river and drive past the beautiful Ohio for about .75 miles. Turn left on Jefferson Street then right on 2nd Street. Thomas Family Winery will be on the right. When finished there, continue east on 2nd Street until it intersects Indiana State Road 56. Turn right (east). The Indiana Wine Trail exits Jefferson County and enters Switzerland County about 10.7 miles from this intersection.

Switzerland County
800-435-5688

The Ridge Winery
298 IN-156,
Vevay, IN 47043
(812) 427-3380


Winery trails are fun and the Indiana Wine Trail is no exception, taking you to a number of great wineries and other fun places to visit in Indiana. Six wineries in six southeastern Indiana towns allow the wine connoiseaur to sample wines and cusines from this lovely area of the state. Take a day, or several, to enjoy this fine Indiana winery trail.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Vineyard Golf Course - Vevay Indiana

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The Vineyard Golf Course is well maintained, secluded and challenging 18-hole golf course with paved cart paths snack bar and grill. This Indiana golf course will accommodate to large or small outings. Tee times on weekends and holidays only.

Vineyard Golf Course
1910 Hwy 250
Vevay, IN 47043
(812) 594-2627

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Switzerland County Historical Museum




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Switzerland County Historical Museum
The Switzerland County Historical Museum is located in southeastern Indiana near the Ohio River. The Switzerland County Historical Museum operates the Life on the Ohio River Historical Museum next door. The The The Switzerland County Historical Museum is located in a converted Presbyterian Church, the Ohio River Historical Museum is in the parsonage of the church.


Switzerland County Historical Museum
210 E Market St
Vevay IN 47043

Friday, August 28, 2009

Ridge Winery Tasting Room

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Ridge Winery Tasting Room
Sit and sip on the banks of the Ohio River at the Ridge Winery Tasting Room, a fun place to visit in Indiana. Wine tasting wines sales cheese trays gift shop & special events. Dinner parties welcome.

Ridge Winery Tasting Room
298 Hwy. 156
Vevay IN 47043



Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Patriot Memorial Park

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Patriot Memorial Park
3rd & Plum St.
Patriot IN

Patriot Memorial Park is located off of Third and Plum Street in downtown Patriot. The park belongs to all Patriots, giving them life as well as recognition to the people who have made the town of Patriot what it is today.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Markland Locks and Dam

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The Markland Locks and Dam are located on the Ohio River 6 miles East of Vevay connecting Indiana and Kentucky by bridge on Indiana State Road 156 to Kentucky State Road 42. The Markland Locks and Dam provide extra depth for the Ohio River, allowing year round barge and boat traffic. The locks allow barges to travel upstream and downstream. A bridge across the concrete dam allow motor traffic between Indiana and Kentucky. Cinergy operates a hydroelectric plant at the site, providing electric power for a portion of the region.

Markland Locks and Dam
State Road 156
Florence IN 47020

Monday, August 24, 2009

Life on the Ohio River Historical Museum - Vevay, Indiana

Life on the Ohio River Historical
Life on the Ohio River Historical
Life on the Ohio River Historical

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The Life on the Ohio River Historical Museum provides an insight into the importance of this Ohio River community to the settlement of southern Indiana.

Life on the Ohio River Historical Museum
208 E. Market St.
Vevay IN 47043
(812)427-3560




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