Indiana history in the present: Corydon’s storied past remains tangible today…

Indiana history: Indiana's First State Capitol, built between 1814 and 1816, is in the heart of Historic Downtown Corydon

Established in 1808, Corydon became the second capital of Indiana Territory in 1813 and the first state capital in 1816. Immerse yourself in Indiana history as you stroll Corydon’s historic streets, visit the site of state’s only Civil War battle, and much more.

Historic Downtown Corydon

Park your car for the day and experience history the old-fashioned way—on foot! The travel experts at the Blaine H. Wiseman Visitor Center will provide you with ample information and materials for your time in Historic Corydon and Harrison County. A free self-guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Corydon is among the many materials available. Tour highlights include the Constitution Elm, under which the Indiana Constitution was drafted; Corydon’s oldest home, built in 1807, stands behind the elm; the First State Office Building, which housed the State Auditor and Treasurer; and the Leora Brown School, one of the oldest former African American schools still standing in the state.

"The Archivist's Office" at the Harrison County Discovery Center

“The Archivist’s Office” at the Harrison County Discovery Center. Pull out selected drawers to reveal rare primary archival documents.

Tours of the Corydon Capitol State Historic Sites include the iconic limestone capitol building completed in 1816 and the Governor’s Headquarters—the home and office of William Hendricks, Indiana’s second elected governor.

Be immersed in local history at the Harrison County Discovery Center, a museum for all ages. History comes alive in interactive, multi-media displays featuring natural science, caves, and the Civil War.

Rich history extends into the present through local businesses

Zimmerman Art Glass

Kerry Zimmerman leads a glassblowing demonstration at Zimmerman Art Glass

Drop in to Zimmerman Art Glass to see four generations of glassblowing expertise in action. Ongoing demonstrations lend insight into the Zimmerman family craft. One-of-a-kind glass artworks are available for purchase.

Continue west on Chestnut St. to Butt Drugs, a third generation family business. Part pharmacy, part old-fashioned soda fountain, Butt Drugs is a local favorite.

A nostalgic candy selection and refurbished soda fountain can be found at Emery’s Ice Cream, housed in a building dating to 1816.

Venture outside of Historic Downtown Corydon for more Harrison County history

The only Civil War battle on Indiana soil took place on July 9, 1863, just outside of downtown Corydon. Today, visit the Battle of Corydon Memorial Park to learn more about the conflict, see a replica Civil War cannon, and step inside a restored log cabin.

Boone's Mill at Squire Boone Caverns and Village

Boone’s Mill at Squire Boone Caverns and Village

Squire Boone Caverns and Village is named for Squire Boone, an early settler to the area and brother of Daniel Boone. Squire discovered the caverns in 1790 and built a still-functioning mill powered by the cave’s spring. Foundation stones from the mill inscribed by Squire are on display, and don’t miss the candle and soap making cabins, too.

Step into the 1830s at the Pioneer Farmstead at O’Bannon Woods State Park, which includes a log cabin, barn, blacksmith and woodworking shops, smokehouse, summer kitchen, bunkhouse, and outhouse. Thanks to talented reenactors and craftspeople, the farmstead comes alive during special events scheduled throughout the year.

Since 1860, the Harrison County Fairgrounds have been home to the Harrison County Fair, the oldest continuously running county fair in the state.

 

Lodging

Relax on the front porch of the Kintner House Inn

Relax on the front porch of the Kintner House Inn

Constructed in 1873, the Kintner House Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is located less than a block away from the First State Capitol.

Comfortable cabins are also available throughout Harrison County, or choose one of the many convenient modern hotels.

Additional Activities

Extend your vacation by visiting more area attractions.

Built in 1893, the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum was the masterpiece of famed local architect Arthur Loomis of Clarke & Loomis. Located half an hour from Corydon in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Frazier History Museum features rotating historical exhibitions, and is located half an hour from Corydon in Louisville, Kentucky.

Visitor Guide

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