John Mellencamp made his hometown of Seymour famous with his hit song “My Town” but this delightful city in Southern Indiana was also a vital stop on the Underground Railroad before and during the Civil War.
In Seymour, a historic marker by the old train depot (now the Jackson County Visitor Bureau) tells the story of Alexander McClure, a slave living in Nashville, Tennessee, who arranged for friends to place him in a box and ship him north to Cincinnati.
While being transferred to another train in Seymour, the 2 foot by 2 foot box fell open and McClure, who had been confined inside for more than 15 hours, was arrested as were several of the people who conspired to help him.
Be sure to stop at the pottery barn at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour where they can throw a pot on the wheel. As an aside the center is owned by musician John Mellencamp whose art work is on permanent display.
Be sure to pick up a map at the Jackson County Visitor Bureau for the John Mellencamp Audio Driving Tour and a tour of the round barns and covered bridges in Jackson County.
Check out the local art scene including The Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, Swope Art Collection, and Brownstown Fund for the Arts and the county’s six museums including the Freeman Field Army Airfield Museum and the Fort Vallonia Museum. Visitors might also want to stop at the Chateau de’ Pique Winery, located in a restored barn with a wine tasting room on 80-acres of land. There’s also Salt Creek Winery, Rail Cat Brew and Winery and Twisted Sister Brewing Company.