Hoosier Heritage Spring Pilgrimage 2020
West Fork Area of the Whitewater River and
Enjoy Dinner with Governor Morton
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Knightstown, Cambridge City & Centerville, Indiana
Join us for a Spring Pilgrimage to eastern Indiana that will include visits to the legendary Hoosier Gym in Knightstown and tours of Cambridge City and Centerville to introduce visitors to life on the historic National Road at the intersection with the Whitewater Canal. Capping off the day will be an 1860s era meal in the Centerville home (restoration-in-progress) owned by Governor and Senator Oliver P. Morton, thought by many to be the most consequential Governor of Indiana. At dinner, visitors will meet a historian and performer portraying the Senator who will offer comments on his life and times as Indiana’s Civil War Governor and Reconstruction Senator.
Enjoy commentary from Nelson Price and Ron Morris on the motor coach on the drive east.
Tour the historic Knightstown Academy, a 19th century school initially built as a Quaker seminary. It has been restored and repurposed into Academy Place, a senior residential community.
At the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, meet notables connected with the iconic movie Hoosiers (1986), including Bobby Plump (subject to availability).
Visit the site of the first Women’s Rights Conference in Indiana occurring immediately after the conference in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848.
In the town of Cambridge City, see where Solomon Meredith of the Civil War’s Iron Brigade lived, and learn how his daughter-in-law became the first female trustee of Purdue University.
Visit a restoration in progress at the Cambridge City Opera House, hidden in plain view.
Enjoy a quaint lunch at the newly restored King’s Café.
In the living room of the Overbeck House, visitors will see where sisters created premier Arts and Crafts style pottery.
Visit the Cambridge City History Room at the town Library and the Overbeck Pottery Collection.
Tour the National Register town of Centerville and see on-going restoration progress at the Morton Home.
Walk the original pioneer Main Street of Centerville where people still live in 1820-1830 homes.
See where abolitionist Levi Coffin was brought before a Grand Jury. Though he freely admitted to helping slaves escape, no charges were brought against him.
Enjoy the flavors of an 1860s spring meal from a Hoosier cookbook including treats that might have been found on the Governor’s table and meet Governor now Senator Oliver P. Morton as he returns to his Centerville home to talk about politics and the issues facing the nation.
Reserve early! Before it is open to the public!
Price: $163 (Includes transportation, lunch, 1860s-era dinner reception, admissions,
gratuities & donations to sites and driver
Registration Deadline: January 5, 2020 for Pioneers and their guests (After that, also opens to the public.)
Guests are welcome; number may be limited.
Minimum: 25 travelers; Maximum: 50
INDIANAPOLIS at 8:00 am promptly from Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St. in Indianapolis. Please be on the coach and ready to depart at 7:45 am. Park at lower level of parking lot, north of church.
KNIGHTSTOWN at 9:00 a.m. from the empty parking lot across from Knightstown Academy at 340 N. Adams, Knightstown, IN.
KNIGHTSTOWN at approximately 7:30 p.m. to empty parking lot across from Knightstown Academy.
INDIANAPOLIS at approximately 8:30 pm to Second Presbyterian Church.
5764 East Fall Creek Parkway, N. Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46226
A $10 cancellation fee applies for any cancellation before February 13, 2020. After that, no refund except recoverable money unless we have someone on the wait list to take your place. If there isn’t a wait list, you are welcome to find a replacement to fill your spot.
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