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Campfires: Limberlost (Geneva)

Hosted by Indiana Humanities

Join us for a journey in Gene Stratton-Porter’s shoes as we explore the history and environment of the Limberlost!

September 16
10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve
8001-8499 N 250 W
Bryant, IN 47326 United States

Event Details

In the early 1900s, Hoosier author Gene Stratton-Porter became famous for best-selling novels that focused on nature and enviromental themes. She gained inspiration from her treks through the Limberlost Swamp, which was located near her home in Geneva, Indiana. Stratton-Porter set two of her most popular novels, Freckles (1904) and A Girl of the Limberlost (1909), in the environs of the swamp.

During this Campfire, we’ll retrace Gene Stratton-Porter’s steps in and around Geneva, visiting the Loblolly Marsh Nature Preserve (a restored section of the Limberlost Swamp), the Limberlost State Historic Site (which preserves the cabin where she lived), and Rainbow Bend (a site along the Wabash River that also inspired her).

The Campfire trek will be co-led by a humanities scholar and a naturalist. Along the way, we’ll stop to read short writings by Stratton-Porter. The trek will conclude with a shared meal and discussion around a campfire. 

Your ticket price includes a campfire meal, Upland Brewing Co. beers, and snacks for the trail in addition to any entrance or rental fees associated with the trek.

WHERE: Geneva, Indiana

WHEN: September 16, 2023, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT




  • A limited number of free tickets are available based on need, please contact Sam Opsahl at sopsahl@indianahumanities.org.
  • Depending on weather, some trails may be wet, so wear shoes that can handle the mud!
  • Please bring a reuseable water bottle to take with you on the outing.
  • We will send a final confirmation two days before the event with driving and parking instructions and any other updates.
  • In case of inclement weather, Indiana Humanities will cancel the event and alert you via email at least two hours prior to event start time. If the event is cancelled, you will be offered a ticket to another Campfires event of your choice.
  • Upland Brewing Co. beer will be available to those 21 and older. 
  • Events are designed for ages 12 and up.
  • Refunds are not available after 72 hours in advance.


Indiana Humanities’ award-winning Campfires program pairs nature and literature to spark conversations about Indiana’s future. Something about the combination of wild places, great writing, a warm campfire and cold beer gets Hoosiers talking in fresh and surprising ways about the world around us and our place in it. www.IndianaHumanities.org/Campfires


Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage Hoosiers to think, read and talk.  www.IndianaHumanities.org

Masks are optional at this event. A full refund will be granted to anyone who does not feel well on the day of the event. Please do not attend if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Any updates to the COVID-19 protocols will be communicated to attendees at least 24 hours prior to the event start time.

Indiana Humanities will make reasonable modifications to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy our programs. If you need an accommodation, please email Sam Opsahl at sopsahl@indianahumanities.org.

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