The John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail meanders across covered bridges, past centuries old buildings and circles old courthouses. Some of the stops are now just fields, others old building and bridges still standing after all these years.
It takes a good map to wander the trail that, though it is marked, winds back and forth on a series of country roads through small towns and villages.
For those who don’t have time to do the whole trail, a few must stops include Corydon, a delightful historic town with a village square containing the old courthouse, charming shops and restaurants. This is where the first battle took place after Morgan crossed the Ohio at Mauckport and then headed north. Each July, the city celebrates with reenactments during the Battle of Corydon Living History Event.
The Kintner House Bed and Breakfast, built in 1873, is conveniently located in downtown Corydon and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Corydon was once the state capital and the original Federal style limestone capitol building, built, in 1814 sits on the town square and is now a state historic site. Also part of the historic downtown is the trunk of the tree, now known as “Constitution Elm,” where on June of 1816, 43 delegates met in Corydon to draft the first state constitution. Much of their work was done under the shade of the huge elm tree.
Visit the Federal style Posey House Museum, built in 1817 for Colonel Thomas L. Posey, son of the Indiana’s Territorial Governor, Thomas Posey.
The drive out of Corydon towards Palmyra, the area where Morgan’s Raiders camped on July 9, 1863, is lined with wonderfully restored homes from the 1800s.
And be sure to sample the local vintners in and around Corydon — Turtle Creek Winery, Best Vineyards, Quibble Hill Winery, Indian Creek Winey and Scout Mountain Winery as well as their artisan brewery–Point Blank Brewing Company. The wineries offer frequent music and tasting events.
Corydon also has many events including historical and musical.
Corydon is also epicenter for many of Indiana’s show caves including Squire Boone Caverns in nearby Mauckport, Indiana Caverns in Corydon, Marengo Cave in Marengo and the newly re-opened Wyandotte Caves.