Battle park to receive refurbished cabin
The Battle of Corydon Memorial Park will receive a welcome addition soon, thanks to an $82,500 grant match approved Monday night by the Harrison County Council.
The funding will pay for the movement of an 1800s-style log cabin from Corydon-New Middletown Road to the battle park, located on Old S.R. 135 south.
Battle of Corydon advisory board member Ed Rundensaid the council needed to act on the piece of history, or it may be lost forever.
‘We need to know who we are, and where we came from,’ he said.
The park has a log cabin on the site, but it is deteriorating almost to the point of being dangerous for visitors, Harrison County Parks Department director Claudia Howard said. The Corydon-New Middletown cabin was donated to the department, Howard said, but the cost to move it and refurbish the structure at the site will cost the approximate $165,000. The other half of the funding will be paid for by a grant from the Harrison County Community Foundation. Runden said the parks department also secured $2,000 from Indiana Landmarks.
Runden said he was surprised to see how many people visit the cabin and take an interest in it. He said the board held a meeting at the site once and seven or eight people stopped by in the short time frame.
‘They were fascinated with it,’ he said. ‘People really like to have some sense of where they come from.’
The battle park is listed as one of only two Civil War battle sites on northern soil. The other is Gettysburg.
‘It’s an extremely significant site, not only in the state, but nationally,’ Runden told county commissioners at a previous meeting.
Councilwoman Leslie Robertson asked if the board could just repair the current log cabin, but Runden said the expense would not be worth it. Some of the logs will be salvaged for use in repairing the new log cabin, but only 25 to 30 percent.
Before the council voted, Commissioner Carl (Buck) Mathes spoke in support of the project.
‘If it don’t matter in 100 years, it don’t matter,’ he said. ‘It’s a worthwhile cause.’
The council unanimously approved the additional appropriation out of the riverboat gaming contingency fund.
The council also approved $150,000 out of the same fund for fuel for the highway department for the rest of the year.