A Tree Grows in Greensburg

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The 1859 Decatur County Courthouse in Historic Tower Tree Square in Greensburg, now probably best known as the Indiana courthouse where a tree is growing out of the top floor. It was the site of the State of Indiana vs. Luther Donnell who was sued for helping a slave named Caroline and her four children, ages 12 to 2, escape.

Donnell was convicted and ordered to pay for the cost of the slaves but the case was later reversed by the Indiana Supreme Court and Caroline and her four children arrived safely in Canada.

Set upon the highest point in scenic Decatur County, Highpoint Orchard and Farm Market, located just outside of Greensburg, is lush with fruit ladened orchards and a 19th century Federal style brick home.

Featuring a farm market and lunch room filled with fresh baked goods such as pies, breads, cupcakes and cookies as well as donuts made fresh each morning,the farm also sells chicken salad, sandwiches, colorful salads with edible blossoms and soups at lunch time.

Local specialty foods and garden gifts are available as are, in season,flowering hanging baskets, cider and the many varieties of apples and Asian pears from Highpoint’s orchard. If you’re there in the fall, enjoy the annual Apple Fest the second weekend in October.

On the Covered Bridge Loop, the Westport Covered Bridge, built by Archibold M. Kennedy and Sons in 1880 for a cost of $16 per foot. This single span bridge, which is on the National Register for Historic Places,  was restored in 2004 and opened again to limited traffic. Special features include windows the full length of the bridge.

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