History

If you have missed the last few chances to go on a hike at Cave River Valley, now is your chance. Meet Spring Mill volunteer, Tony, at the Donaldson parking lot. Then, follow him 15 miles down the road to this very special place that only a few people have heard of.

The hike will be rugged. So, make sure you dress appropriately.

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SPRING MILL AND ITS RAILROADS:
A MISMATCH MADE IN CINCINNATI

SPEAKER: DAVID NORD, PROFESSOR EMERITUS

In the 1850’s Hoosiers were crazy for railroads. Hundreds of miles of tracks were laid down across Indiana in just a few years. Two Lines were build through Lawrence County, very close to Spring Mill Village. The New Albany and Salem R.R. passed a couple of miles to the west. The Ohio and Mississippi R.R. skirted the north rim of the Spring Mill canyon, just a few hundred yards from the Mill. Hoosiers loved their R.R. and the R.R. sometimes loved them back, but not always. This Presentation – with photos, maps and documents – is about how Spring Mill and Lawrence County, and Indiana came to terms with the railroad age. The story is complex sometimes quite positive and always fascinating. But for Spring Mill it is not a story that ends well.

$50.00
For reservations, please call (812)849-4508.

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A WEEK FULL OF FUN

Join us from October 7th – 12th in the Bedford Square to celebrate Downtown Derby Week!

 

MONDAY

WINDOW WALK Take a walk through Downtown and view the festive window displays of our local merchants. Window displays will be judged by Quinn O’Sullivan, a professional Space Maker in New York City. The winning display will be announced on Saturday, October 12.

SHOP THE SQUARE Shop at the participating Downtown merchants for a chance to win a grand prize package worth over $100! The winner will be announced Saturday October 12 around 5:00 p.m.

 

TUESDAY

WALKING TOUR Join us for a guided architectural tour of historic Downtown Bedford. The tour will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Lawrence County Museum.

SHOP THE SQUARE Shop at the participating Downtown merchants for a chance to win a grand prize package worth over $100! The winner will be announced Saturday October 12 around 5:00 p.m.

 

WEDNESDAY

BEDFORD’S JOURNEY A Journey Through Space – Bedford astronaut, Charlie Walker, and other local contributors to the space program will join moderator Marla Jones at the Lawrence County Museum of History in Downtown Bedford to discuss contributions to the space program and share ten things you may not know about the Apollo Space Program. Lunch is included with a $10 donation. Program will start at noon. Seating is limited. Please RSVP bedfordjourney@gmail.com

SHOP THE SQUARE Shop at the participating Downtown merchants for a chance to win a grand prize package worth over $100! The winner will be announced Saturday October 12 around 5:00 p.m.

DASTARDLY DINNER Relive the last moments of Sarah Schafer, the young Latin teacher at Bedford High School who was brutally murdered on her way home from dinner on a cold night in January 1904. Can you solve the murder even the Pinkerton Agency couldn’t solve? Make your dinner reservations now at the Limestone Cafe for one of the two available seatings on Wednesday, October 9th. Times are 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Please call 812-279-0499 to reserve yours

 

THURSDAY

WALKING TOUR Join us for a guided architectural tour of historic Downtown Bedford. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Lawrence County Museum.

SHOP THE SQUARE Shop at the participating Downtown merchants for a chance to win a grand prize package worth over $100! The winner will be announced Saturday October 12 around 5:00 p.m.

 

FRIDAY

WALKING TOUR Join us for a guided architectural tour of historic Downtown Bedford. There will be two tours that will both begin in front of the Lawrence County Museum.
(1) 12 pm – 1 pm
(2) 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

SHOP THE SQUARE Shop at the participating Downtown merchants for a chance to win a grand prize package worth over $100! The winner will be announced Saturday October 12 around 5:00 p.m.

FREE MOVIE NIGHT Join us to watch the Toy Story at the Harp Commons! Dress as your favorite character for a chance to win a prize! 7 pm – 9 pm UPDATE: MOVIE EVENT RESCHEDULED FOR NEXT FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, SAME TIME

 

SATURDAY

BEDFORD BED RACE Decorate your bed and race it around the CourtHouse! That’s right! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!

FALL MARKET An extension of the Bedford Farmers Market will include extra vendors and craft booths! 8 am – 6 pm

CHILI BOWL Local Churches & non-profit organizations will be selling concessions, including their BEST chili recipes in hopes of garnering the traveling “Chili Bowl” trophy & / or winning the People’s Choice Award! Bring your appetite to support these groups by purchasing food & casting your vote for best chili with $1.00 votes.

FIRESIDE Are you the best storyteller in Bedford? Do you want to hear some of the best stories in Bedford? Join us at StoneGate Arts & Education Center (Shawna M. Girgis Building) from 7pm to 8:30pm. Tickets are $10 per person. Children age 6 & under are free. For more information, call 812-583-6697

 

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Meet the Spring Mill State Park Naturalist at the Hamer Cemetery.
While you are there, take a look around and learn more about the Hamers and other significant individuals in Spring Mill’s History.

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INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

Have fun at Spring Mill State Park by participating in all of the fun programs that are put on by the Park Naturalists and volunteers!

This weekened:

 

FRIDAY

7:00 pm:  History of Indiana State Park Inns
Meet Tony at Spring Mill Inn’s back patio to hear all about our Inns, specifically about Spring Mill Inn’s history.

 

SATURDAY

11:00 am:  Opossum Party
Hang out (preferably by your tail) with Sarah in the Lakeview Activity Center as we celebrate the only marsupial found in North America!

1:00 pm:  Rivers, Roads and Rails:
Mapping the Transportation History of Spring Mill and Lawrence County with old and new maps and photos.  Don’t miss this special presentation by David Nord Professor Emeritus.

3:00 pm:  Autumn Views Guided Hike
Meet Chris at the pool parking lot for a scenic walk of nature’s autumn splendor on our mountain bike trail. 2 miles. Moderate.

 

SUNDAY

1:00 pm: Modeling Mushrooms
Gilled, pored, or toothed, how will you model your mushroom? Join Sarah in the Lakeview Activity Center to create a mushroom model of your own and uncover the basics of mushroom identification! 45 minutes.

2:00 pm:  CCC History Hike
Meet Anthony at Weaver’s Cabin in the Pioneer Village for a 30 minute moderate hike Learn all about the contributions the Civilian Conservation Corps have made to Spring Mill State Park and see how their legacy lives on in the park to this day.

 

GATE FEE MAY APPLY
PLEASE CONTACT THE PARK OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION
(812) 849-3534

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LIMESTONE HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Celebrate and honor the “Limestone Capital of the World” with games, food, music and entertainment!

This Years Theme: AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

Limestone Heritage Festival Parade: Saturday, 6:00 PM.
Would you like to be in the Parade? CLICK HERE.

Food Vendors: Friday and Saturday, 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM on the J Street section of Bedford’s Downtown Square.

Free Concerts:
Friday-
6 – 8 PM: Summertime Band
8:30 – 10:30 PM: Stone Carnival

Saturday –
2 – 3 PM: Derrick Weidner
3:30 – 5 PM: Mr. Taggart
8 – 10 PM: Soul Street
10:30 – 11 PM: Soul Street Resumes

Beer Garden:
Friday-
6 PM – Midnight at the Harp Commons Stage

Saturday-
Noon – 11 PM at the Harm Commons Stage

Fireworks: In Downtown Bedford at 10:00 PM on Saturday.

Limestone Carving Exhibit: Friday –  at the Downtown Depot + Architectural Walking Tours.

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REED STATION

In the first decade of the last century, Reed Station was a small but thriving community of Italian immigrants between Oolitic and Avoca. It became the scene of a dramatic series of events that would baffle law enforcement and test community ties. This event consists of a historic walk, in which costumed reenactors explore the events at Reed Station, a light supper of soup, cornbread, and dessert, and a presentation by Believe Paranormal about their investigations at the former fish hatchery.

$20 for adults
$15 for seniors
$10 for students

Tickets may be purchased at the Lawrence County Museum
929 15th Street
Bedford, IN 47421

We hope to see you there!

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MAPPING THE TRANSPORTATION HISTORY OF SPRING MILL AND LAWRENCE COUNTY

David Nord of Indiana University will be at Spring Mill State Park to teach what he has learned about the history of transportation in Southern Indiana. While speaking, he will share old photos and maps.

Meet in the Lakeview Activity Center.

 

Can’t make it to this event? David Nord will be back on October 19th, and this time around, he will be at the Grist Mill in the Pioneer Village. CLICK HERE to learn about how you can sign up! DINNER WILL BE INCLUDED.

 

GATE FEE MAY APPLY
PLEASE CONTACT THE PARK OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION (812)849-3534.

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SATURDAY MAY 25

9:30 AM – Cave River Valley Hike
Meet at Donaldson Parking Lot
Have you been to the property that Spring Mill manages in Washington County? It’s full of history! Prepare to get your feet wet as we hike down to the valley!

3:30 PM – The Transformation of Milling
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
With slides of historic maps, photos and documents, David Nord from IU will describe how a national and global revolution in flour milling played out in Indiana. Don’t miss!

SUNDAY MAY 26

10:00 AM – Wildflower Hike
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
The beauty of Spring is all around. Come enjoy a hike around the lake with naturalist, Chris, as he tells you more about the beautiful flowers of Spring. Hike is 45 minutes, rugged.

11:00 AM – Trees Tell a Story
Meet at Lakeview Activity Center
Trees can’t talk, but they can tel us a story through their rings and leaves. Learn about trees and their leaves in this interesting program.

3:30 PM – Creek Stomp
Meet at Village Ordinary
Feel the cool spring water on your feet as you explore who calls this creek home.

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It’s “Visit Indiana Week”

Celebrate #WaybackWednesday with us here in Lawrence County and experience the rich history that we house.

Lawrence County Museum of History
This special museum resides in a 100-year-old limestone building and holds exhibits and artifacts precious to Lawrence County history. Inside the 2,400 sq. ft. gallery, you will see limestone exhibits and artifacts with carvings from local artisans, as well as, a wide array of memorabilia and historical lore from the region.

Spring Mill State Park
Pioneer Village – Restored in 1914, the settler village features over 20 historic buildings to explore. The Grist Mill, powered by water, still works today, and if you visit upstairs, you will find 1800s memorabilia.
Grissom Memorial – Mitchell native, Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom was one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts. The exhibit features the Molly Brown spacecraft, his space suit and many other artifacts from his early life to his time at NASA.

#HoosIN for learning more about Lawrence County History?