Indiana State Historic Sites

Indiana State Historic Sites The Indiana State Museum is the steward for Indiana's 11 State Historic Sites! Visitors can explore, hike, picnic and more at sites located throughout Indiana.

1. Angel Mounds State Historic Site - Evansville, In. About 500 to 700 years ago, the area we now call Angel Mounds State Historic Site was a thriving Mississippian Indian town. Built between A.D. 1050 and 1400, the town was occupied by 1,000 plus inhabitants until its abandonment around 1450. Throughout that time, it was the largest settlement in Indiana. It served as the center of trade, government and religion for smaller satellite communities within a 70-mile radius. 2. Corydon Capitol State Historic Site - Corydon, In. The Corydon Capitol commemorates the history of Indiana’s first state capital and the development of Indiana from the territorial period through statehood. Vincennes, the first territorial capital, was left in an isolated position when the Illinois Territory was separated from the Indiana Territory in 1809. In May of 1813, the capital was moved to Corydon because of its central location. 3. Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site - New Albany, In. With its hand-painted ceilings, carved rosewood staircase, marble fireplaces and crystal chandeliers, the Culbertson Mansion reflects the affluence of a man once considered to be the wealthiest in Indiana. In 1867, William S. Culbertson spent about $120,000 to build his grand home in New Albany. The three-story French, Second-Empire mansion encompasses more than 20,000 square feet and contains 25 rooms. 4. Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site - Rome City, In. "The Cabin at Wildflower Woods" lies nestled on the shore of Sylvan Lake, near Rome City, Indiana. It is the former home of Gene Stratton-Porter, one of Indiana’s most widely read authors and one of the world’s first and best nature photographers. 5. Historic New Harmon - New Harmony, In. New Harmony is the site of two of America’s earliest utopian communities. It was founded in 1814 by a group of 800 Lutheran dissenters from Wurttemburg, Germany. The Harmonie Society, led by George Rapp, arrived in the United States in 1804, seeking religious freedom and establishing a community in Butler County, Pennsylvania. After 10 years, the Harmonists purchased 20,000 acres on the banks of the Indiana Territory’s Wabash River, approximately 15 miles above its confluence with the Ohio River. The Harmonists moved to the area in 1814. 6. Lanier Mansion State Historic Site - Madison, In. The Lanier Mansion is one of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country, and today is acknowledged as the "Crown Jewel" of Madison’s Historic District. The south portico, with its colossal Corinthian columns, overlooks the Ohio River. Other distinctive exterior features include the octagonal cupola, oculus windows and iron balustrades. Below the house, formal gardens developed by Lanier’s son, Alexander, after the Civil War, have been recreated with plant varieties authentic to the period. The interior, with its central hall and elegant spiral staircase, epitomizes the Greek Revival style. 7. Levi Coffin Home State Historic Site - Fountain City, In. This beautifully restored Federal-style brick home built in 1839 served a very important purpose in American History. This eight-room home in Newport, (Fountain City) became a safe haven for hundreds of run-a-way slaves on their journey to freedom into Canada. This place became known as the Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad. 8. Limberlost State Historic Site - Geneva, In. To the famed Indiana author, Gene Stratton-Porter, the mighty Limberlost swamp was a playground, laboratory and inspiration. The swamp was the subject of her acclaimed books and photographs. Observations of its nature enriched Porter’s fiction. In the 18 years that she lived at Limberlost, Mrs. Porter wrote six of her 12 novels and five of her seven nature books, including the best-selling Freckles and A Girl of the Limberlost. During her life she also wrote two books of poetry, children’s books and numerous magazine articles. 9. T.C. Steele State Historic Site - Nashville, In. Theodore Clement Steele (1847-1926), noted Indiana artist and member of the Hoosier Group of American regional impressionist painters, was inspired by the picturesque scenes that he encountered in Brown County. In 1907, Steele and his second wife, Selma Neubacher Steele, purchased property in Brown County and began construction of their home, which they named "The House of the Singing Winds." They built the Large Studio to accommodate Steele's work and landscaped the surrounding hillsides to enhance the beauty of their property. Selma created several acres of gardens around the home. 10. Vincennes Territory Capitol State Historic Sites - Vincennes, In. Located throughout the city of Vincennes, the many components of the Vincennes State Historic Sites include the Indiana Territory Capitol, the Print Shop of Elihu Stout, the Birthplace of Maurice Thompson, the Log Cabin Visitors’ Center, the Old State Bank, Fort Knox II, Sugar Loaf Mound and the Jefferson Academy. 11. Whitewater Canal State Historic Site - Metamora, In. Visitors can step back in time while taking a leisurely 25-minute cruise on the Ben Franklin III. Along the route they pass the Duck Creek Aqueduct, a covered bridge that carries the canal 16 feet over Duck Creek. It is believed to be the only structure of its kind in the nation. The Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites reserves the right to remove any comments or other postings that are considered SPAM, hate speech, profanity, bullying or disparaging toward another individual.

11/23/2017

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