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Corydon’s blend of history, shops draws visitors, residents to town

Corydon’s blend of history, shops draws visitors, residents to town
Corydon’s blend of history, shops draws visitors, residents to town
Open doors at some businesses along Elm Street in Corydon yesterday morning (Tuesday) seem to beckon customers. (Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor)

The Corydon Democrat continues its new feature for this year, ‘Top 26 of 2006,’ that takes a look at 26 people, places or things that our readers suggested make Harrison County a great place to live or work. The remaining 19 stories will be published before the end of the year.
Downtown Corydon may not have the number of visitors as Nashville in Brown County does, but there are many reasons why people visit the home of the former state capital.
‘I have so many friends who ‘do’ Corydon,’ said Sharon Uhl, who lives just a few blocks away from the center of town, one of the readers of this newspaper who nominated the downtown as a Top 26. ‘They love the shops, restaurants and historical places.’
Near the Harrison County Court House, patrons can find stores that specialize in jewelry, antiques, flowers, furniture, quilting and scrapbook supplies, frames, medical needs, hardware and automotive supplies, just to name a few. Other shops carry unique decorative items that can’t be found just anywhere. And many businesses that provide a service, such as dry cleaning, hair cuts, and eyeglasses, are also located around the town square.
And it’s not just visitors to the town who support these places.
Take, for example, Linda Runden, who lives a few miles outside of Corydon. Not only does she appreciate the availability of products and services offered, but she likes the personal attention she receives.
‘Every time I run an errand or shop in Corydon, I am grateful for the businesses and shopkeepers who make my day so pleasant,’ she said. ‘I think especially of the personal service at Albin Jewelers, Butt Drugs, G. Wood Frames and (a little further away from the center of town) JayC grocery.’
The Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled its new image for Corydon, as well as the county, in March. The new brand identity is designed to boost tourism in the state’s first capital, as well as sites of interest beyond the town limits. The tagline is ‘This is Indiana.’
Uhl said the appearance of the downtown, especially from spring to fall, plays an important role on how the town is perceived.
‘A big thanks should go to the people who plant and hang the flowers in our town … ‘ she said. ‘I wish I had their green thumb. The hanging baskets on lamp posts and the flowers in front of the courthouse are beautiful, and I know people notice this when visiting or just doing their errands around town.’
It’s all this and more that Uhl believes helps make ‘our county a wonderful place that keeps people coming back to visit but also to make a safe, comfortable home for the people who live here.’