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Southeast Indiana: Experience History

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Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park , Corydon Capitol State Historic Site, Squire Boone Caverns, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
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Allow 2-3 days. 

Southern Indiana was the first part of the state to be settled when French fur traders set up a trading post at Vincennes. Experience the southern part of the state through their eyes. 

Explore state history 
Travel back to the 1800s at Spring Mill State Parks's Pioneer Village . This restored village contains 20 historic buildings to explore including an 1817 gristmill that is still in operation today. Heritage interpreters demonstrate what life during this time period was like. 

Located about an hour south, the historic town of Corydon was the capitol of Indiana from 1812 to 1825. Explore the state's early history by visiting the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site  which includes the capitol building and the Constitution Elm, a huge tree that 43 delegates met under in 1816 to draft the first state constitution. 

In nearby Mauckport, visit Squire Boone Caverns and Village . Discovered in 1790 by Squire and Daniel Boone, the caverns are home to underground rivers and waterfalls. After exploring the caverns, visitors can mine for gems and watch candle-dipping and soap-making demonstrations at the pioneer village. 

Located at the Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, the George Rogers Clark Homesite  is a historical representation of the cabin George Rogers Clark built in 1803. The site is also where Meriweather Lewis and William Clark departed to explore the Louisiana Purchase territory. 

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Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park
812.849.3534 | interpretiveservices.IN.gov
Corydon Capitol State Historic Site
812.738.4890 | indianamuseum.org
Squire Boone Caverns
812.732.4381 | squireboonecaverns.com
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
812.882.1776 | nps.gov/gero
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