A bang-up Fourth
The seventh annual Indiana Territory Festival will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the downtown Corydon square. The free festival is a living history program devoted to presenting the history of the town of Corydon and Indiana.
During the course of the weekend event, visitors will experience the sights, sounds, smells and excitement of life in the early 19th century. Re-enactors will demonstrate the daily routines of the citizens of Indiana from the legislators and lawmakers who created the state in 1816, to the early militias that protected her soil, to the farmers, laborers and hunters ‘who even today remain the soul of Indiana,’ according to the festival’s website.
One event that is new to this year’s festival will be the historical clothing program ‘Undressing the Regency-Era Lady.’
‘This is a family-friendly program looking at historical women’s clothing and answering that whats, hows and whys of women’s garments 200 years ago,’ Nathanael Logsdon, festival coordinator, said. ‘This is an educational and entertaining program sure to be a hit.’
Margaret Waterman will conduct the program.
One of last year’s most popular attractions, Logsdon said, is the historical doctor.
‘He portrays a former British Navy surgeon who is now traveling the countryside using his skills to cure and heal with everything from leeches to cranial saws,’ Logsdon said.
Dr. Albert Roberts will explain his wide array of medical devices and how they are used. Roberts stays in character throughout the program, making his interpretation entertaining, educational and at times, rather comedic, Logsdon said. Topics include bleeding, dentistry, musket ball removal, amputation and even cranial surgery.
‘This is a highly entertaining program that was our biggest crowd-pleaser last year,’ Logsdon said.
Corydon was found in 1808 by William Henry Harrison, who named the town after a figure in his favorite song. The town, now the county seat, was chosen to be the state capitol in 1816. It was moved to Indianapolis nine years later, but not before the state constitution was written under an Elm tree in Corydon. Other historical events took place throughout the nine years as well.
Historic merchants will also sell their handmade wares during the festival.
The festival will begin Friday at 5 p.m. and remain open until 8:30 p.m. It will continue Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The full schedule of events is as follows:
Friday ‘ historical vendors open for business, 5 p.m.; John Tipton Historical Interpretation, 6:30 p.m.; and ‘Traveler’s Dream’ historical and folk music concert, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday ‘ Corydon’s First State Capitol Parade, 10 a.m.; historical medicine interpretation, 11 a.m.; re-enactment, Indiana Becomes a State, noon; original artifacts program, 1 p.m.; historical music program for children, 2 p.m.; John Tipton Historical Interpretation, 3 p.m.; historical duel, 4 p.m.; log-sawing contest, 5 p.m.; historical clothing program ‘Undressing the Regency-Era Lady,’ 6 p.m.; historical dance with music by ‘Traveler’s Dream,’ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday ‘ historical church service, 10 a.m.; original artifacts program, 11 a.m.; Battle of Tippecanoe, Sons of Corydon Memorial, noon; John Tipton Historical Interpretation, 1 p.m.; Historical Medicine Interpretation, 2 p.m.; historical clothing program ‘Undressing the Regency-Era Lady,’ 3 p.m.; historical duel, 4 p.m.
Tipton was a young soldier who enlisted in Corydon’s volunteer rifles regiment in 1811. He fought at Tippecanoe and was elected captain by the other soldiers after the regiments first captain, Spier Spencer, was killed. Tipton was the second sheriff of Harrison County and went on to be a U.S. Senator and an Indian Affairs Agent. The program about Tipton will address his story about the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811.
The artifacts program will be led by Justin Hazuga, who has an extensive collection of War of 1812-era antiques and artifacts, Logsdon said. He will talk about the history of the objects and answer questions.
The Southern Indiana Transit System will offer free general public transportation from the square to the Harrison County Fairgrounds for the SummerFest on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Indiana Territorial Festival is sponsored by the Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Corydon Capitol State Historic Sites/Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Harrison County Community Foundation and area businesses.
For more information, contact Logsdon at 1-812-606-1264 or call the CVB at 738-2138.
Corydon hosts parade Saturday
The First State Capitol Parade will take place Saturday in Corydon beginning at 10:30 a.m. The staging area will be the old Keller Manufacturing Co. parking lot.
Parade participants are welcome to line up in the parking lot beginning at 9 a.m. No pre-registration is required. Anyone with a float, lawn mower, wagon, horse or just kids who want to walk in the parade are welcome to participate.
The parade route will be from the Keller parking lot south on Capitol Avenue to the Harrison County Fairgrounds.
The Indiana Territory Festival on the town square and the Harrison County SummerFest at the fairgrounds will also take place Saturday. Parade viewers and participants are encouraged to check out the festivals.
The Southern Indiana Transit System will provide free shuttle service between downtown Corydon and the fairgrounds throughout the day.
For more information about the parade, contact Lori Short at 738-3739 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Fireworks show Sunday
The Kiwanis Club will present the Harrison County Fireworks Celebration on Sunday over the Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon.
The show is scheduled to begin at approximately 10 p.m.; however, when there is sufficient darkness, the fireworks will start.
Free shuttle service will be available to transport attendees from Corydon Intermediate and Corydon Central High schools to Old Capital Golf Club. The shuttles will begin at 6 p.m. and transfer passengers to the show until 9:45 p.m. After the fireworks conclude, the shuttles will transport attendees back to the schools.
Beginning at 9:50 p.m., viewers can tune into WOCC 1550 AM for simulcast music to accompany the fireworks.
To facilitate traffic, Country Club Road will become a one-way, west-bound road beginning at 8 p.m. After the fireworks show, it will become east-bound one way.
No parking will be allowed along S.R. 62.
Persons going to the fireworks show are encouraged to take their own lawn chairs or blankets but are asked to leave coolers, cans and bottles at home. Early arrival is suggested for the best seating.