Greetings, Today, I’m going to talk about Charlestown Indiana and the many fun day trips you can enjoy taking their listeners can find a complete information about Charlestown and other places around southern southeastern Indiana by purchasing my book Southeast Indiana Day Trips, a tourism guide book and travel guide from my road Trip Indiana Series. This is the first book in the series and the only one available now I will have the rest. There will be nine altogether. As the year progresses with rising gas prices. Many Hoosiers, including my wife and myself, are choosing to vacation closer to home. Using this podcast, I will tell you about the many places here in Indiana. You can visit and have some fun And unique experiences.
From the Book:
Southeast Indiana Day Trips
At the intersection of state road three and Pleasant Street in Charlestown, you will find the historical marker noting the grave of a prominent early Hoosier, Jonathon Jennings.
Mr Jennings served as Indiana’s first governor of the newly formed state. Previously, he served his first delegate to the Indiana House, United States House of Representatives from the Indiana Territory. From 1809 to 1816, he introduced to Congress the Indiana territories application for statehood in 1816, He became governor of the state, serving in the state capital at Corrigan from 1816 and two, in 1822, he took a seat in Congress and served from 1822 until 1830,
Nine Penny Branch Nature Preserve
About two miles east of Charlestown on Tunnel Mill Road, you will find the Nine Penny Branch Nature Preserve. This nature preserve has a lovely woods, stream and waterfall. A short trail leads to the falls and goes along the remains of a stone fence that lines the trail. It’s a great place to relax and picnic. Local lore suggests two sources for the name of the creek that traverses the preserve. One suggests that it used to cost travelers with wagons nine pennies to cross this route. Another suggests a worker once lost his day’s wages, nine cents, in the creek. Whichever is true, that is the name of the creek.. About a mile past nine Penny Preserve on Tunnel Mill Road, you will find the historical marker noting the location of Tunnel Mill, which was a 380 ft long tunnel constructed by local prominent businessman John Work. Work had migrated into the area in 1804 when he established a mill. Business was so good he decided to build a bigger mill that could operate year round. To do this, he needed more water to operate the mill. This water source was only 300 ft away. However, he had to cut through a ridge in order to get the water to his mill. 14 Mile Creek formed an oxbow and a ridge separated the two channels of the creek. He proceeded to blast a tunnel using gunpowder that he produced on his land to blast this tunnel out. At any rate, he needed 650 pounds of gunpowder to blast out the tunnel. It took six men working 2.5 years from both sides of the ridge to build the tunnel. Once completed, it provided plenty of water to operate the new mill. The mill ran until 1832, the year he died.
Fern Grove and Rose Island Resorts
At the entrance of Charlestown State Park, you’ll find another historic marker is titled Fern Grove and Rose Island Resorts. It’s located at the entrance of the park. This was a popular tourist destination on a peninsula jutting out into the Ohio River. During the 1920’s and 1930’s visitors would gain access by a footbridge across 14 Mile Creek. They could also ride a steamboat up from Louisville, New Albany or any other port on the Ohio River. Trail Seven inside Charlestown state park circles the remains of once popular park. David Rose purchased and improved the existing amusement park owned by the Louisville and Jefferson Ferry Company. He also built a zoo and gave pony rides to kids. Attractions included a merry go round, a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, shooting gallery, cafeteria swimming pool and you could rent rowboats there also. The 1937 flood covered it with 10 ft of water, destroying it.
Charlestown State Park
Charlestown state park consists of 5100 acres and is the third largest Indiana state park. 14 mile Creek traverses the park. It’s one of the oldest un glaciated valleys in Indiana. The park opened on October the 12th, 1996 on land formerly owned by the Indiana ammunition plant that manufactured munitions during World war two. The seven trails at Charlestown state Park provide over 13 miles of hiking experience. The 132 site campground has flush toilets, hot water and showers. All sites are electric, some have full hook up, several reserve a able picnic shelters or used. Visitors can use for reunions and events.
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