The Best of Historic Corydon, Southern Indiana’s Small-Town Jewel

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Corydon, a small historic town in Southern Indiana’s Harrison County, is full of adventures for everyone from foodies and families to outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs

Take a self-paced walking tour of the historic first Hoosier State capital and peruse scenic Downtown Corydon with many unique shops and restaurants to discover. Numerous trails at O’Bannon Woods State Park and other parks afford epic hiking and biking while Southern Indiana’s natural caverns capture the curiosities of all. Specifically, get a birds-eye view from the zipline, go for an underground boat ride and glimpse Ice Age bones at Indiana Caverns, the state’s longest cave.

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Corydon is home to a variety of great festivals

Annual festivals pepper the community calendar with events showcasing local artisans and musicians. Free weekly concerts downtown plus musical performances at local wineries are testaments to Corydon’s love for their tight-knit town. History buffs can visit the area where the only Civil War battle took place in Indiana at the Battle of Corydon Historic Site.

During the growing season, you’ll find many farmer’s markets throughout Harrison County featuring fresh local produce and handmade artisanal treasures. From May through October, the Fred Cammack Corydon Farmers Market offers local goodies and produce. Small-town charm and a warm and welcoming community are just a fraction of what makes Historic Corydon a must-visit.

You don’t have to go far to step back into history in Corydon. In Indiana’s First State Capitol, you’ll find rich history around every corner. If walls could talk we’d never have a quiet moment in Corydon. The Battle of Corydon Historic Site is the site of the only Civil War battle fought on Indiana soil, which took place on July 9, 1863. In hopes reinforcements would arrive and stop Confederate General John Hunt Morgan’s march through Southern Indiana, 450 members of the Harrison County Home Guard attempted to delay Morgan’s 2,400 Confederate soldiers. The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to dusk. The log cabin has been restored and is open Friday Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 during the summer season.

Another great historical stop is the Corydon State Historic Site, Indiana’s first state capitol. Visit the federal-style limestone building that was built between 1814 to 1816 and served as the state capitol from 1816 to 1825. Tours also include Governor Hendricks’ Headquarters, a two-story federal style brick house built in 1817 which also served as Governor Hendricks’ home while he was governor of Indiana from 1822 to 1825.

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Stacy Pirtle
(812) 734-0065

Main photo credit: Andrew Kennedy


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