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Guest Dream: Exploring Southern Indiana, U.S.A.

This latest guest post comes from one of my favourite bloggers, J.G. Burdette.  She is an excellent writer and runs one of the best history blogs on the Internet at Map of Time.  I asked her to write a guest post for my readers, and she graciously shared her experiences.  For some reason WordPress decided that it didn’t want to format the entry correctly (hence the less than stellar appearance), but hopefully you enjoy nonetheless:
Contrary to what I thought, the State of Indiana does have quite a few places commemorating historical feats and events.  Take New Harmony for instance.  It was originally settled by the Pietest group, the Harmonists or Rappites.  It is also a failed Utopian community.
When exploring New Harmony, a person always has the option of a guided tour, but frankly I hate guided tours.  Instead I prefer to wander around at my own leisure exploring some of the places in town.  There aren’t usually many others milling about so I am able to snap better photographs.
At the Atheneum or Visitor’s Center there is a gift shop where you can pick up something to remember your visit.  One of the more enticing aspects of a visit to the Atheneum, in my opinion, is the large model they have of the Harmonist Brick Church.  The details are intricate and it is my great regret that I have no photos of it.
A stone’s throw away from the Atheneum are the old settler’s cabins.  According to the town’s website, they aren’t the original homes that were built by the Harmonists, but were transported there from Illinois.  The structures were, however, built around the same year as the the original Harmonist homes.

The Old Settler’s Cabins.  New Harmony, Indiana

The Harmonists had originally settled a successful Pennsylvania town.  The reason for the Harmonists move to New Harmony was because they were expanding and had outgrown their original home.  When the group pulled up stakes in 1824, returning to the East, a man by the name of Robert Owen bought New Harmony.  Owen established a utopian community which failed after two years.  Arguments and debts had put a end to the so-called utopia.

Rapp Owen Granary in what used to be New Harmony, Indiana

Elsewhere in Southern Indiana we stumbled across the Huffman’s Mill Bridge.  It crosses over the Anderson River connecting Spencer and Perry Counties.  The 150 ft. covered bridge was built in 1863 at a cost of $5,700.  The historian in me was disgruntled with the ‘graffiti.’  Imagine this thing has been here since the Civil War and people go and scribble all over it!  As you can see from the pictures the entrances have been blocked on both ends.

Huffman’s Mill Bridge, Indiana

Leavenworth, Indiana offers quite a view of the Ohio River.  A person can sit high up on the riverbank and look down on Kentucky across the river (come now, it isn’t as boring as it sounds).  If you want more than a view you may consider exploring the Wyandotte caves.  Don’t go there during the winter though, for they are closed to the public from November to February due to the hibernating bat population inside.

The view from Leavenworth, across the Ohio River

Those are just some of the places in Southern Indiana.  When you get a chance, make sure to check them out and more.

4 comments on “Guest Dream: Exploring Southern Indiana, U.S.A.

  1. J. G. Burdette
    September 3, 2012

    Thanks again for allowing me to be a part of this 😀

    • bucketdave
      September 3, 2012

      Believe me, it was my pleasure. Here’s hoping many of my other blogging friends out there decide to send a contribution in too.

  2. slightlyreworded
    September 4, 2012

    I used to live near New Harmony (in Evansville) and would go there on the weekends to dine or catch a play. It’s a beautiful town and a hidden gem for history lovers.


    • bucketdave
      September 4, 2012


      Thank you so much for your comment. It was always my dream to have people add their experience about the posted places in the comments section. Thank you again for sharing this with us.


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