The original Battle of Corydon was sparked when 450 members of the Harrison County Home Guard tried to stop the famed raid by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan as he marched 2,400 troops through southern Indiana and Ohio. The actual Morgan’s Raid reenactment will take place in downtown Corydon, just as it did in 1863, with Confederate soldiers pillaging local shops, homes and buildings. Other activities include a lecture on Civil War history, a ladies tea, a military ball and various historic demonstrations. Following the downtown raid reenactment, visit Governor Hendricks’ House, which was home to solider William Porter during the 1863 Battle of Corydon. While there try authentic Civil War recipes such as, spoon bread and pickled water.
In addition, a 1700s Rendezvous will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Squire Boon Caverns in nearby Mauckport. Visitors will experience an authentic 1700s encampment with fire starting, tomahawk throwing and other demonstrations. Guests can dip their own candle, mine for fool's gold and gemstones, feed goats and ducks and see how lye soap, fudge and flour are made at an old-time gristmill. They'll also enjoy an old-fashioned bakery, natural picnic areas, hiking trails and stunning historic caverns.
Beyond the memorable moments during this weekend packed with historic reenactments, Corydon offers travelers an incredible collection of unforgettable sites and attractions. Visitors marvel at the natural wonders of two unique cave systems: the U.S. National Landmark Marengo Caves and Squire Boone Caverns. The Corydon Capitol State Historic Site marks Corydon’s place as Indiana’s first capital. Travelers also enjoy touring the Leora Brown School, one of the nation’s oldest standing early African American schoolhouses. The Constitution Elm is another favorite visitor site, under which Indiana delegates met to draft the state’s first constitution. Visitors will also find plenty of diverse lodging options in the area, including a historic bed and breakfast, affordable modern hotels and a riverboat casino resort. An incredible wine trail features half a dozen local wineries producing wonderful, indigenous wine. Complete visitor information and a free visitors guide is available by logging on to thisisIndiana.org or calling (888) 738-2137.