stop was to visit our friends Helen and Jim in Indiana. It is easy to find a place to stay since they
have full RV hookups in their driveway. One
of the great things about visiting them is their local knowledge. In past visits
we have seen a number of interesting and historical sites that we likely would not
have visited on our own.
the oldest settlement in Indiana and the site of some important historical
events. As you arrive along the riverfront, you immediately see the monument dedicated
to the frontiersmen of the American Revolution. It is named in honor of George Rogers
Clark. He is considered to be the hero
of Vincennes, as he took the British Fort with a very small force of men after
an arduous journey to reach the town. He
fought in several other significant battles on the western frontier.
was also of interest to us, since he is one of the five elder brothers of William
Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition fame.
All five of his brothers fought in the Revolutionary War but William was
walking distant of the monument is the frontier home of William Henry Harrison.
We enjoyed a narrated tour of the home, Grouseland, which was completed in 1804
and has many period artifacts and is designed for both comfort and defense with
a basement area set up as armory and fortress.
This proved unnecessary as the home was never attacked. Harrison would peak in his political career
as the ninth President of the United States.
He is the shortest serving president as he died 31 days after taking
office from pneumonia. It is thought
this may have been caused by his decision to make his inaugural address outside
in the cold rain. More interesting history
on Harrison can be seen here. Unfortunately, pictures were not allowed inside
buffs, this is a must see.
IN is one of those towns that has essential turned itself in to a tourist
destination, particularly if you like to shop.
Our main reason for this, our third time here, was to visit the For Bare
Feet discount outlet. Our first time
here was made worthwhile by a tour of the Bare Feet factory which produced all
American made socks and their discount sales outlet. These were quality socks.
remains a charming tourist destination, but unfortunately, we found that the
discount outlet had been reduced in size.
The more disappointing change was that not all their socks were made in
the USA anymore. If the stock in the
retail outlet was a representative sample, most socks are now made somewhere
else. So, we passed on the socks.
enjoyed wandering around the town enjoying the designs of the store fronts.
thought about where we would stay, we decided to try the KOA, which had high
ratings with prices to match. When we drove in, we took a quick look and
decided to turn around and go back to the place we stayed the first two
times. The Westward Ho is along a main
road and has all the facilities we needed with a friendly owner. In fact, when we came in, he recognized us from
previous visits and put us in one of his best and level sites.
One of the
great things about traveling in an RV is finding interesting places along the
road you did not know existed. As we continued
to travel south in Indiana on US 31, we saw a sign for the Fulton County
Historical Society Museum. To be honest
it did not look like much at first but there was a round barn and other
buildings on the site, so we decided to stop and have a look. The
displays in the building consists of materials donated by people living in the
county and the city of Rochester, IN.
As you walk
thru the inside exhibits, you quickly become aware of the things that the residents
felt was worth preserving for future generations. In the various sections you can see what life
was in the not so distant past.
buildings including an original round barn provide an insight into rural life
from the late 1800’s on. There are a number of festivals and reenactments
during the year.
If you on in
the area, it is well worth the visit.