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[DNR] McCormick’s Creek SP restores historic springhouse
Start Date: 6/27/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 6/27/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description
A historically significant springhouse has been restored at McCormick’s Creek State Park and is ready for guests to view to learn first-hand about the area’s first landowners.

The springhouse is at the park’s Peden Farm Site. Peden was the married name of the daughter of John McCormick, the original settler of a portion of the current park land. Nancy McCormick married Jesse Peden, and together they farmed the area that now encompasses Deer Run picnic area, the park’s public swimming pool and Redbud shelter.

The Pedens are commonly referred to as the first family of McCormick’s Creek.

The project was a collaborative effort between the state park, The Friends of McCormick’s Creek group, the DNR Division of Forestry and Mike Kilbride & Sons.

The structure was torn down to its last row of foundational stone and then rebuilt. Each stone was placed back as close to its original location as possible.

The springhouse now features a fully enclosed and functionally rehabilitated structure. Hikers will find the springhouse off of Trail 9. An enhanced spur trail leads to the site, where a new way-side bench has been installed. Future plans include installation of an interpretive panel describing a springhouse’s role in early farm life, which included chilling perishable foods.

McCormick’s Creek State Park ( is at 250 McCormick’s Creek Park Road, Spencer, 47460.
Contact Information:
Name: Sam Arthur
Phone: (765) 344-1412
Entry Type:
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