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Richmond, Indiana Attractions

by Melody Schubert

You know you're having a good time on vacation when you are welcomed by new friends; this is what' it's like in Wayne County & Richmond, IN. Discover all the amazing sites and events to enjoy by dropping by Richmond's National Road Welcome Center.

Find Antiques, Natural Beauty, Music, & New Friends In Wayne Co. & Richmond, Indiana

Conveniently located off Route 40 (the Historic National Road) is Richmond and Wayne County. Within easy driving distance of Indianapolis, Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, Richmond and Wayne County makes the perfect choice for a Sky-High weekend adventure, a romantic getaway, or for taking a one tank trip to browse for unique Gifts and Antiques. What's amazing is how many interesting and enjoyable sites and events there are to visit, which has made the area one of our favorite places to visit in Indiana!

Experience World-Class Performances At The Richmond Civic Theatre

After growing up in the City Of Angels, (Los Angeles) or any Big City and later moving to Indiana, one comes to appreciate the simple beauty and pleasure of visiting with friends and family. Few visitors and residents alike know just how much there actually is to do in the Hoosier state. Take Richmond and Wayne County for example; they have the wonderful Richmond Civic Theatre, which features great artist like Wynona Judd, and other great acts and performances for the entire family year-round.

The Richmond Art Museum

Discover the unique sculptures and art created by Indiana's own Overbeck Sisters and the Bethel Pike potters at the Richmond Art Museum. Like many towns, Richmond has a fabulous collection of significant art and historic treasures, which are often missed. Why? Because no one knows these artistic treasures are tucked away in one of Indiana's most beautiful counties; Wayne County. A collection of one-of-kind paintings, sketches, and sculptures can be discovered at the Richmond Art Museum. Founded in 1898, the fine art museum has a permanent collection of American Impressionists, Taos School, the Hoosier Group, the Richmond School, along with other regional artists on exhibit.

While the Richmond Art Museum is small compared to the Indianapolis Art Museum, it's collection is a tribute to the arts. The museum is the only museum in the United States to be housed in a high school, the Richmond High School complex is located along the beautiful Whitewater Gorge's at 350 Hub Etchison Parkway.

Just a sampling of the permanent exhibits on hand are the American Impressionists exhibit; Taos School. For more information on exhibits and programs at the Richmond Art Museum call: Voice: (765) 966-0256 or visit the Richmond Art Museum's website at: www.richmondartmuseum.org. The museum is conveniently located off Route 40 (National Road), it is in easy driving distance of Indianapolis, Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio. The museum is open Tuesday thru Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays, National and School Holidays.

Hoosier Hospitality Embraces Travelers Along The Old National Road

Travel along Indiana's National Historic Highway and you'll spot many marvelous 19th Century homes built before 1880 along "Millionaires Row." Several of these beautifully decorated homes have been transformed into warm and inviting Inns and Bed & Breakfast like the Philip W. Smith Bed & Breakfast. Located at 2039 E. Main St, (I-70 Exit 156A) in Richmond, IN. The Philip W. Smith Bed & Breakfast is filled with wonderful antiques; many available for sale. The 1890 elegant Queen Anne Victorian home features beautiful stained glass and ornate carved wood work throughout the house. It is the company of other guests who gather for the delicious breakfast served each day that make the stay a warm and inviting experience.

Dramatic Woodlands To Rolling Hills & All-American Rose Gardens

The Richmond/Wayne Co. area is filled with natural wonders to explore. The E.G. Hill Memorial Rose Garden is located within the Glen Miller Park located at 2200 East Main St in the Historic District of Richmond, IN. Follow the historic brink path into the E.G. Hill Memorial Rose Garden to find the All-American Rose Garden filled with over 100 roses or slip over to the Friendship Garden in the center featuring a selection of German Roses. Near the gardens is the monument recognizing the early pioneer's passage from coast to coast. The Madonna of Trail, dedicated by the Daughters of the American Revolution on the 28th of October 1928 is one of only 12 statues marking the journey.

The Hayes Arboretum & Hayes History Museum

Walk the many wooded trails found throughout Glen Miller Park or head over to the Hayes Arboretum located at 801 Elks Rd just off Main St. The 500 acre nature preserve has a number of activities for all ages, plus hiking trails and auto tours through 4 miles of woodlands. The Hayes Arboretum is home to the Hayes History Museum, a unique look into the history behind the Hayes De-railer, used on railroads throughout the nation. While the Hayes History Museum is small compared to the other great museums in Richmond, the history behind the Hayes De-railer is amazing.

For a relaxing glimpse of nature step inside the Nature Center where you can view a variety of wildlife. The Hayes Arboretum is a popular site for Richmond residents, as well as a educational resource for home-schooled students. Visit the Hayes Arboretum website for current events & activities scheduled or call 765-962-3745.

Discover Egyptian Artifacts Among Richmond's Historic Treasures At The Richmond Historical Museum

In the museum's collection of unique items is one of Indiana's 2 ancient Mummies and numerous Egyptian artifacts. Yes, a Mummy! Downstairs is a classic collection of antique cars and a collection of memorabilia from Gennett Records; which pay tribute to Indiana's Jazz History. Visit Richmond's beautiful rose gardens at Glen Miller Park on E. Main St. for annual outdoor concerts and check with the Richmond's National Road Welcome Center for other Musical Events which celebrate Indiana's Jazz Roots.

Dinosaurs, Shells, Another Mummy, & More

Discover a collection of prehistoric creatures, mammals, a beautiful assortment of sea shells, ranging from tiny to huge specimens, and yes, another Mummy! The Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History at Earlham College, located at 801 National Rd W in Richmond is just a short distance from the Wayne County Historic Museum in Richmond; making it easy to visit while in town. Children will be amazed by the giant prehistoric Mastodon and assortment of lively critters downstairs. The best part is both museums offer FREE admissions.

Travel Indiana's Road to Freedom

The Historic National Highway (40), in Indiana was little more than cow pastures weary families traveled in hundreds of wagons. While these families made the treacherous trek in hopes of finding a better future in the West during the Gold Rush another set of travelers headed north on Highway 27. Exhausted slaves sought refuge in Newport, Indiana at the home of Levi and Catharine Coffin located at 113 U.S. 27 North in Fountain City, Indiana.

Levi Coffin & The Underground Railroad

Built in 1839, the Coffin's eight-room, Federal style brick home is a National Historic Landmark that remains standing in what is now Fountain City. In the damp, cool basement is a working well, still filled with fresh water the Coffin's used. Upstairs, hidden behind the beds is a hidden cubby hole stretching into the darkness along the back of the house. Unable to move, and barely able to breath, the runaway slaves hid in the cramped quarters for however long it took when the slave hunters came to call on the Coffin's.

As supporters of the Underground Railroad, Levi and Catherine also helped a girl named "Eliza," whose story is told in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Out back visitors can view the secret compartment in the back of a wagon where slaves hid. The sacrifices the Coffin's made helped more than 2,000 slaves reach safety during the 20 years they lived in Newport. They continued their efforts in after moving in 1847 to Cincinnati where Levi operated a wholesale warehouse which supplied goods to free labor stores. Group Tours can be arranged by Appt. Leave a voice message at The Levi Coffin Museum Office at (765) 847 -2432.

Hoosier Hospitality Welcomes Travelers At The Huddleston Farmhouse in Cambridge City, IN

The Huddleston Farmhouse in Cambridge City is the scene of historic Civil War re-enactments. The thrill of visiting the Civil War Living History Encampment is the battle of the War Between the States. Smoke fills the air from the authentic cannons as the battle escalates between the Union and Confederate infantry, artillery, and cavalry units. When the war is over guests join the soldiers to share a campfire-cooked meal of beef stew, cornbread, and cobbler. Our friends, local historians, Jim & Sandra Resh joined us on a tour of the completely restored three-story house owned by John and Susannah Huddleston. The authentic furnishings and the volunteers help create a true feeling of being back on the farm in the old days. The 78-acre farm includes a barn, smokehouse and springhouse. John and Susannah had plenty of help around the farm with 11 children. Many travelers stopped at the Inn for rest and supplies during their trek along the National Historic Highway.

Dining With President Lincoln

In the candle-lit dining room guests can join President Lincoln in the Huddleston Farmhouse's for the popular Harvest Supper. The savory aroma of fresh and hearty recipes from the nineteenth century drift in from the kitchen where women cook over an open flame. Everyone listens with interest as Lincoln describes his life before retreating to give a speech in the barn. The Hearth Dinners, guided tours, special historical exhibits, and workshops for adults and children are available throughout the year at the Huddleston Farmhouse.

A special word of thanks goes out to Jim Orr, Director of Huddleston Farmhouse Inn Museum, and the extraordinary volunteers who make a trip through time at the Huddleston Farmhouse a memorable one. For information on the hearty Hearth Dinners and other activities available at the Huddleston Farmhouse Museum call 765-478-3172. The Huddleston Farmhouse is located at 838 National Road West in Cambridge City, Indiana.

About the Author

Melody Schubert is a Editor of USA Travel Magazine. Discover places to dine, shop, and vacation destinations, check local weather, play Sudoku, read tidbits of News, book and travel product reviews, and order a Free State Vacation Guides at http://www.usatravelmagazine.com.

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