Friday, April 30, 2010

Park Theatre Civic Centre

Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South East Edition
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums -
South East Edition
Park Theatre Civic Centre
The newly renovated and reopened Park Theater Civic Centre in downtown North Vernon, Indiana has become an historic venue for the arts, encompassing nearly every genre of music and theater.

Park Theatre Civic Centre
25 N. Madison Avenue
North Vernon, IN 47265
812-346-0330



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Thursday, April 29, 2010

North American House Museum

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Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
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South East Edition
North American House Museum
Jennings County Historical Society
The North American House, society headquarters and historical museum, offers a high quality history center in the old time arts with programs designed to teach and display the evolution of Jennings County.  Thousands of unique artifacts are on display.  The 1838 landmark is owned and maintained by the historical society.
The museum currently opens three days a week and during special events.
For more information about the museum, contact:
Jennings County Historical Society
134 East Brown Street
P.O. Box 335
Vernon, IN 47282
(812) 346-8989

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Muscatatuck Park - North Vernon, Indiana

Muscatatuck Park - North Vernon, Indiana
Muscatatuck Park - North Vernon, Indiana


Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South East Edition
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums -
South East Edition
Muscatatuck Park 
Visitors will find Muscatatuck Park south of North Vernon on Indiana State Road 7 a wonderful place to visit. The picnic area at the Vinegar Mill Shelter offers a superb view of the Muscatatuck River below. In mid April to late May Trail 1 is a great place to find wild flowers along the river. It is also a superb hike during the cooler fall temperatures when the fall foliage in on the bluffs above the river is stunning.
The park offers seven miles of hiking trails on four trails. Many of the trails double as biking trails.
During warm days, many people enjoy frolicking and swimming in the Muscatatuck River. The park also has some shelters available for rent or on a first come, first serve basis. There are also playgrounds and basketball courts in the park. The public pool is only two miles away.
Spring Wildflowers at Muscatatuck
Spring Wildflowers at Muscatatuck

Muscatatuck Park History
Muscatatuck Park has an interesting history. Indiana purchased the property and established the fourth State Park there in 1921 as Vinegar Mills State Park. They named it for the stone cutting mill that existed there during pioneer times on the banks of the Muscatatuck River. The State changed the name in 1922 to Muscatatuck State Park. They drew the name from the winding river that wends its way through the Indiana countryside. During the 1930's, the Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the structures in the park. These include the road leading into the park, bridges, fire tower and the stone steps at the river overlook area at the Vinegar Mill.
Vinegar Mill - Muscatatuck County Park
Vinegar Mill - Muscatatuck County Park

Decommissioned State Park
Too small to serve as a State Park, the State decommissioned it and used the grounds to use it for quail and pheasant raising operations. This continued for a number of years until 1962. The State then used it for its new Youth Camp program. In 1967, the State offered to give the property to Jennings County to use as a park. After much discussion, the County took it. After the park deteriorated for several years, they began upgrades in the 1990's. The County moved the Walnut Grove One-room School there in 1991. They moved the Jennings County Visitors Center to the William Read Home in 1998.
Trail 1 - Muscatatuck County Park
Trail 1 - Muscatatuck County Park


William Read Home
William Read, the owner of the Vinegar Mill, built this home in 1850. Locally cut timbers make up the wooden frame. The stone foundation comes from stone cut from his stone cutting mill along the river. The brick were also made and kiln dried on the property. The State of Indiana used this home as a bed and breakfast inn during the time the park operated as a state Park. The Jennings County Visitors Center used the home for several years. The Jennings County Parks and Recreation Department uses it for offices now. The Visitors Bureau still keeps maps and other information there.
Walnut Grove School
Walnut Grove School

The Walnut Grove School
This school served students as a one-room schoolhouse in Sand Creek Township from the time of its construction in 1912. The Jennings County Preservation Association took up the monumental task of moving and renovating the school in 1990. They cut it into three pieces and moved it to the site it now occupies in Muscatatuck Park. It reopened in 1995 as a children's educational facility. They use it for an annual outing in which they dress in period clothing. They also get a lesson in pioneer life as it was in Indiana during its early days. The Preservation Association will open it for group or individual tours. The school has a library with old books, and other school items from its time as a schoolhouse.

Camping 
The Campground has eight pull through sewer sites and twenty-six sites with water and electric. All sites have a fire ring and picnic table. There is a campground shower facility and there is a dumpsite at the campground entrance. Most of the campground is shaded.

Muscatatuck Park
325 North State Highway 3
North Vernon, IN 47265
812-346-2953


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

James Covered Bridge


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James Covered Bridge

The James Covered Bridge was built in 1887 by Daniel Baron. It is located on County Road 650 S , just off Highway 3. The single span Howe Truss bridge is 140 feet long, fourteen feet wide and fifteen feet wide. It crosses Graham Creek. The bridge received the name from Thomas S. James, who owned the property it was built on.

The bridge is listed as #14-40-02 in the 1989 World Guide of bridges.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Eco Lake Park



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Eco Lake Park
Eco Lake Park was given to Jennings County to use as a local park by the Employee Recreation Committee for Cosco. It had been a little used facility for their employees. Eco Lake Park is open for limited public use, which include walking, fishing picnicking and boating. Eco Lake is a nine-acre lake with a public boat ramp. Athletic facilities include a playground, a basketball court, sand volleyball, and baseball/softball field. Visitors will find one picnic shelter, available on a first come, first serve basis. The 127-acre park has one three-mile nature trail.
State Road 7
North Vernon IN 47265


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Monday, April 19, 2010

Hayden Historical Museum

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Hayden Historical Museum
6715 W County Road 20 South
North Vernon IN 47265

Mailing Address
PO Box 58
Hayden, Indiana 47245
Phone- 812-346-8212



The main exhibits of this museum include a 1965 living room, a 1950's schoolroom, and a memoribilia collection of Hayden native Edgar D. Whitcomb, who served as Indiana governor.

Other exhibits include:

The history of the school system for Spencer Twp.
The outhouses of Jennings County.
The town of Hayden: Now and Then.
The history of the postal service for the community.
The history of the Beaty Mill.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Calli Nature Preserve - North Vernon IN

Muscatatuck River at Callis Nature Preserve
Muscatatuck River at Callis Nature Preserve
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 Markers & Museums
South East Edition
Calli Nature Preserve 
Visiting Calli 
To visit the Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve you will need to find County Road 40E. This road is about a mile east of downtown North Vernon, Indiana on US 50. The gravel road begins just east of the bridge across the Vernon Fork of the Muscatatuck River. After turning south on the gravel road, you will travel about a quarter mile to the parking lot, which is on the left. The road comes to a dead end at this point.
Violet and Louis Calli
Violet and Louis Calli
Dr. Louis and Violet Calli
Dr. Louis Calli and his wife Violet owned the land for the Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve. Dr. Calli was a physician who practiced for over fifty years in North Vernon. His wife Violet established the first Youth Center in North Vernon. She was awarded the Governor's Award for Community Service. The Jennings County Community Foundation owns the Nature Preserve. The Foundation manages the place in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Trailhead

The Nature Trailhead
The Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve consists of 180 acres. The trailhead for the self-guiding trail is adjacent to the parking lot on the same side of the road. The trail is just a bit over two miles long. There is a brochure available in a box at the trailhead that describes 18 stations along the course of the trail. There is also a notepad for you to register, just for fun.
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Trail
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Trail
The Trail
The trail begins with a pleasant stroll in the forest. It then follows the course of a spring fed stream. The best part of this hike is the extensive section that follows the course of the Vernon Fork of the Muscatatuck River. Some of the hike is along high bluffs overlooking the river. However, there are spots that allow access to sand bars extending out into the river. In early to mid April this portion of the trail is emblazoned with thousands of Virginia bluebells in full bloom. These flowers line the riverbank, the trail sometimes passing through vast beds of them. There are also some old hemlock stands along the river on these limestone bluffs.
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Trail - Bluebells
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Trail - Bluebells
Great Hike
The trail finishes up by passing through some open fields before finally exiting at the parking lot on the opposite side of the road. The Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Nature Trail is a fun and pretty place to visit for a hike.
Violet and Louis Calli Nature Preserve Trail - Woodland Poppy
 For more information, contact:
 Jennings County Visitors & Recreation Commission
 Box 215
 Vernon, IN 47282
 812-592-8087

Crosley State Fish And Wildlife Area

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Approximately 4000 acres of natural beauty, this recreation area is known for its fishing. Originally, the facility was the private estate of former Cincinnati Reds owner and appliance manufacturer Powel Crosley. Still in use is a single lane steel bridge that Crosley built for his small Crosley cars.
Crosley Fish and Wildlife Area gets its name from Powell Crosley, the man who originally owned the property. Powell Crosley, maker of the Crosley automobile, purchased the land in 1931 and maintained it as a private hunting and fishing area. The DFW purchased the land in 1958.

Crosley State Fish And Wildlife Area
2010 South St. Hwy. 3
North Vernon, IN 47265
812-346-5596

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Marshfield Train Robbery

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Marshfield Train Robbery
On US 31 about three miles north of Scottsburg, Indiana

Marshfield is an abandoned town which functioned as a water stop for locomotives of the Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis Railroad when the trains ran on steam power. The infamous Reno gang, which operated in Indiana in the late 1860's staged a number of train robberies, of which the Marshfield Train Robbery was the third on May 22, 1868.




The gang detached the engine and express car, stole US Government Notes and Bonds from the car and abandoned the locomotive near Seymour, Indiana. The robber was investigated by the Pinkerton Detective Agency and several suspects were arrested. Before a trial could be conducted the suspects were lynched.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Double Arch Bridge B & O Railroad

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This bridge was built in 1854 and is located in Lexington, Indiana.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Scottsburg Antique Mall

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Scottsburg Antique Mall
4 South Main Street
Scottsburg, IN 47170-1839
(812) 752-4645




Scottsburg Antique Mall is located on the corner of the beautiful Scottsburg Square, in the historic Odd Fellows Bldg, in Scottsburg, Indiana. This building is a wonderful landmark with most of the original interior including the tin ceiling and the addition of air-conditioning & central heat. A truly fascinating building full of unique items. 10,000 square feet, or almost two acres of shopping away you in this fascinating place.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Westwood Golf Course

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Westwood Golf Course
145 Westavia Blvd
Scottsburg, IN 47170-5953
United States
P: (812) 752-3233




Westwood Golf Course is a 9-hole public golf course located just a mile West of Interstate 65 on Highway 56 in Scottsburg, Indiana. Westwood is a par 35 course measuring just under 3,000 yards from the longest tees. Water comes into play on 5 of the 9 holes on the course. Hole #6 is regarded as one of the toughest par 3 holes in Southern Indiana, and is the signature hole of the course. Westwood Golf Course was designed by Gilbert England and opened to the public in 1966. It has a course rating of 35.5 and a slope rating of 113.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Lake Iola

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Lake Iola was is a man made lake constructed to provide water for power equipment. It was part of the Indianapolis and Louisville Traction Company which built railroad track between Sellersburg and Seymour Indiana. This was part of a longer line which extended from Indianapolis and Louiseville, Kentucky. The track was completed in 1907. It was abandonded in 1939. Lake Iola remains as a park owned by the town of Scottsburg. The foundation of a power plant and some track remain from the railroad operation, as well as a railroad car.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jennings County Visitor Center


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Jennings County Visitor Center
The Jennings County Visitor Center is located at the parks main entrance off of State Highway # 3 and 7 about one mile south of North Vernon. The historic William Read Home which was constructed in 1850, serves as the Visitor Center.
Jennings County Visitor Center
325 North State Highway 3 & 7
PO Box 415
Vernon, IN 47282
812-346-8928

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort

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Jellystone Park
4577 W. St Rd 56
Scottsburg IN 47170
(812) 752-4062




91 Spaces
Open Year-Round
Children's Activities
Outdoor Pool
Game Room
Playground
Miniature Golf
Tents / RV / Travel Trailer / Cabins / Toilets & Showers / Electric & Sewer

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp Resort offers sites up to 80 feet long sites with room for slide outs. 20, 30, and 50 amp electric servicez is available. There is a primitive camping area for those who want just to be with nature along with all the amenities! Our cabins are air conditioned and sit right on our own Raintree Lake, stocked with bass, blue gill, crappie and cat fish. We have an array of facilities to accommodate almost every camping taste no matter what your preference includes. We have planned activities, special event weekends, clean restrooms, and Yogi Bear himself.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Ashmore Campground

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Ashmore Campground
822 South Gardner
Scottsburg IN
812-752-3460

Ashmore Campground has 25 campiing spaces. It is a semi-wooded campground with large grassy areas, and gravel sites. It is open Year-Round.
RV, Toilets, Showers, Electric / Water / Sewers


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Friday, April 2, 2010

Overlook of Scott County

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Traveling to see the Overlook of Scott County is for the more adventurous traveler, as it is on a backroad, not far from the Leota Covered Bridge. To get there from Scottsburg, Indiana, travel 2.5 miles south of the intersection of US 31 and Indiana State Road 56 in Scottsburg. Turn west, or right, onto Leota Road. You will travel about 4.5 miles to the town of Leota. Go through the bridge and turn left. Follow Leota Road 1.75 to two miles. You will be winding up a steep hill. At the top of the hill, there is a pull off. You are in the Knob Country of southern Indiana. To the left and behind you is an expansive view of Scott County.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Leota Covered Bridge, Scott County, Indiana

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The Leota Covered Bridge is the newest covered bridge in Indiana built using public funds. It was constructed in 1995 and crosses Cooney Creek at the junction of South Bloomington Trail Road and South Leota Road. It is open to traffic and has a total length of almost forty feet.

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