Southern Indiana: Historic, Handcrafted, and Unexpected

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Steeped in history, today Harrison County is home to talented vintners, farmers, craftspeople, and musicians. Plus, there’s even more to experience below the surface.

Established in 1808, the small 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 the town’s storied streets, with most of the buildings dating to the 1800s. The historic town square remains central to town life, with many concerts and events held there throughout the summer and fall. The Corydon Capitol State Historic Site offers fascinating guided tours of Indiana’s original governor’s headquarters and the first state capitol building.

You’ll find four wineries nestled throughout the lush foothills of Harrison County: Best Vineyards Winery and Distillery, Indian Creek Winery, Quibble Hill Winery, and Turtle Run Winery. Each invite visitors for tastings, tours, or conversation with a fellow wine enthusiast, and all are within a 30-minute drive of each other. Scenic Indiana State Road 62 connects many of the wineries, and is a beautiful way to experience the scenery and small town charm of the area.

Craftsmanship in the region only begins with wine—there’s much more to see and experience! Stop by Zimmerman Art Glass in Corydon to see third generation artisan Kerry Zimmerman make one-of-a-kind pieces. Stroll down the street to the Artisan Center, featuring ceramics, woodworking, and fine art from around the county available for purchase. The town comes together on Friday nights through the spring, summer, and fall for the Corydon Farmers Market, housed in an outdoor pavilion. Visit booths with farm raised meat, eggs, and dairy products; baked goods; fruits and vegetables; wine; honey; and more while enjoying live music.

There’s even more to scenic southern Indiana than what initially meets the eye—below rolling hills, beautiful forests, and rich farmland lies a network of caves containing Ice Age bones, underground streams, and fascinating biodiversity. Experience it for yourself on tours of Indiana Caverns, Marengo Cave, and Squire Boone Caverns. Tours are guided and the caves are easy to traverse (with steps), so all you need are comfortable shoes and a light jacket. The caves remain around 54 degrees year-round, making them a perfect activity for summer and winter alike.