History and Heritage

History and Heritage

Established in 1808, the town of Corydon served as Indiana’s first state capitol from 1816 to 1825, and is centrally located in Harrison County. This history is palpable when you walk downtown Corydon’s storied streets, with most of the buildings dating to the 1800s. The Corydon Capitol State Historic Site tours include the capitol building and governor’s headquarters. Learn more about the area at the Harrison County Discovery Center, where you’ll find interactive, immersive displays for all ages featuring the area’s wildlife, natural science, and history—including a 360-degree projection of a reenactment of the only Civil War battle fought on Indiana soil, the Battle of Corydon.

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Fall at Battle of Corydon Park

Battle of Corydon Memorial Park

Corydon, IN 47112

Commemorating the only Civil War battle fought on Indiana soil. The log cabin has been restored and is open Friday Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 during the summer season.

Bicentennial Park

Corydon, Indiana 47112

Within the park you will encounter many features that encapsulate a story distinct to Indiana or Corydon.

Constitution Elm

Corydon, Indiana 47112

Indiana’s first state constitution was drafted underneath its branches.

Corydon Capitol State Historic Site

Corydon, IN 47112

Where statehood began: Tour Indiana’s First State Capitol Building

Governor Hendricks’ Headquarters

Corydon, Indiana 47112

This two-story federal style brick house was built in 1817.

Harrison County Discovery Center

Corydon, Indiana 47112

This museum experience is unlike any other – a place of magic and discovery that brings Harrison County’s history from the dusty page into the living world.


Harrison County Fairgrounds

Corydon, IN 47112

Host of Indiana’s oldest county fair and many other events throughout the year.

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Historic Downtown Corydon


This is where it all began. Indiana’s real hometown!

Indiana’s First State Office Building

Corydon, IN 47112

In 1817 this brick building housed the State of Indiana government offices.


Leora Brown School

Corydon, IN 47112

One of Indiana’s oldest standing African-American elementary/secondary schools.

Porter Law Office

Corydon, Indiana 47112

The Porter Law Office was built in 1819 by Henry P. Coburn.

Posey House

Posey House

Corydon, IN 47112

The Posey House was built in 1817 by Colonel Thomas Posey, son of Gov. Posey.

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