Holiday decorations are up, and gas prices are down—we can’t think of a better time to hop in the car take a look at one of Indiana’s not-so-hidden gems, Harrison County.
Home of the former capital, Corydon, Harrison County boasts beautiful homes loaded with history and one very famous tree (more on that later). Now it has one more thing to brag about: a driving tour that recently won the Outstanding History Project Award!
Funded in part by an Indiana Humanities and Indiana Landmarks Historic Preservation Education Grant, the Harrison County Driving Tour is laid out in a beautiful full color, glossy booklet complete with pictures and descriptions of historical sites, suggested tour routes, and even a good old fashioned road map.
We suggest the Corydon Historic District Tour. The 11 mile, 43-stop tour takes you around the Harrison County seat and former capital. You’ll see the First State Capitol building, the original Leonard Carter House and William Henry Harrison’s log cabin. Stretch your legs at the Red Barn Antique Mall and take a walk by Constitution Elm, the famous spot where the authors of Indiana’s constitution took a break in the June shade almost two centuries ago.
For more information, call the Harrison County Historical Society at (812) 738-2828.