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Corydon is a town of 3,200 people in Harrison County, Southern Indiana. It is known as the first state capital of Indiana. The town's numerous historic sites have helped it become a tourist destination. A portion of its downtown area is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Corydon Historic District.

Get in[edit]

Map of Corydon

Corydon is located off of I-64 at IN 135 (Exit 105). A new interchange with IN 337 northwest of Corydon is in the planning stages. Corydon is easy to reach from many locations:

  • Louisville: I-64 West to IN 135 (26 miles)
  • Lexington: I-64 West to IN 135 (102 miles)
  • Bloomington: IN 37 South to US 150 East to IN 135 South (85 miles)
  • Indianapolis: I-65 South to I-265 West to I-64 West to IN 135 (132 miles)
  • Evansville: I-164 North to I-64 East to IN 135 (98 miles)
  • St Louis: I-64 East to IN 135 (240 miles)
  • Cincinnati: I-71 South to I-64 West to IN 135 (131 miles)
  • Nashville: I-65 North to I-264 West to I-64 West to IN 135 (190 miles)

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Caves[edit]

  • 1 Marengo Cave National Landmark and Park, 400 East IN 64, Marengo (20 miles from Corydon), toll-free: +1-888-70-CAVES (22837). The cave is a United States National Landmark offering a variety of underground splendor rarely seen in a single cave. The park that overlies the cave and the nearby recreation area offer many activities, including canoeing, gemstone mining, a cave simulator, hiking and fishing. Marengo Cave (Q6758964) on Wikidata Marengo Cave on Wikipedia
  • 2 Squire Boone Caverns, 100 Squire Boone Rd, Mauckport (off IN 135 South), +1 812-732-4382. Explore the caverns that brothers Squire and Daniel Boone discovered in 1790. Squire Boone Caverns also has underground waterfalls, a great cave tour, and many other cave wonders. Also don't for get to visit the petting zoo, candle dipping exhibits and the bakery. Squire Boone Caverns is an entertaining experience for the whole family to enjoy. Squire Boone Caverns (Q7582288) on Wikidata Squire Boone Caverns on Wikipedia
  • 3 Wyandotte Caves, 7315 S. Wyandotte Cave Rd (off IN 62 West), fax: +1-888-70-CAVES (22837). Designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974, enjoy immense passageways and huge rooms with delicate formations and crystals, woven together with a rich history spanning thousands of years. Wyandotte Caves (Q10843447) on Wikidata Wyandotte Caves on Wikipedia

Farms & family attractions[edit]

  • Alpacas at Flatwood Farm, 2155 Flatwoods Road, New Salisbury, +1 812-364-4644. Enjoy the luxury of alpaca fleece, once reserved for Inca royalty. Free farm tours and close up interactions with alpacas. The farm also features a wide variety of alpaca fleece products for sale.
  • Aquarius Water Gardens, 1480 IN 64 NW, Ramsey, toll-free: +1-800-322-2191. Aquarius grows over 140 varieties of containerized Aquatic Plants and carry a complete line of fish including Imported and Domestic Goldfish & Graded Koi. They also have Pumps, Fountain Heads, Liner, Bio Filters, UV Lights and Preformed Ponds. Everything you need to grow a successful water garden.
  • Bryant's Blueberries, 6900 Oak Park Drive NE, New Salisbury, +1 812-366-3592. Bryant's Blueberry Farm is a u-pick blueberry farm located in New Salisbury, Indiana. The farm is only open during the blueberry season that is usually mid June - mid July.
  • 4 Buffalo Trace Park, 1540 US 150 NE, Palmyra, +1 812-738-8236. A 147-acre park that features a 30-acre man-made lake. Amenities include camping (60 modern campsites w/water and electrical hook-ups, and 14 primitive campsites), canoe rental, paddle boat rental, rowboat rental, fishing (license available), a 1.25-mile paved and lighted walking trail, petting zoo, beach and swimming area, 3 picnic pavilions, gazebo, ball diamond, 2 tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball court, fitness area, horseshoe pits, picnic tables with grills, playgrounds, and RV disposal station. Buffalo Trace Park (Q4985885) on Wikidata Buffalo Trace Park on Wikipedia
  • Golf Shores Fun Center, 2510 Landmark Way NE, +1 812-738-0802. Has arcades, party rooms and two exciting 18-hole miniature golf courses. Well lit for evening use, the outdoor course features a waterfall and three fountains. Heated and air conditioned for all weather use, the indoor course offers black-light underwater and jungle themes and features a volcano. Both courses will be handicap accessible.
  • Munchkin Nursery and Gardens, 323 Woodside Drive NW, Depauw, +1 812-633-4858. Features a variety of native and non-native perennials, garden tours, display gardens and greenhouses, and offers an excellent one on one opportunity to meet with the growers. Visits by appointment only.
  • Richmer Farms, 3561 Lazy Creek Rd, Lanesville, +1 812-952-8844. Richmer Farms is a fifth-generation Hoosier homestead farm located in the scenic Lazy Creek Valley in Lanesville. The farm offers the chance to take a look at the way farms used to be. Farm fresh pumpkins, mums, little Indian corn and strawberries are seasonally available.
  • Scout Mountain Winery & Hideaway, 2145 Scout Mountain Rd, +1 812-738-7196. Winery opened in May 2009. Vineyard and orchard on site. Free wine tasting and tours available. Bed & breakfast on site.
  • South Harrison Park, 8750 South Harrison Park Dr, Laconia, +1 812-738-8236. South Harrison Park is a 220-acre woodland garden located between Elizabeth and Laconia. The renovated camping area draws campers from all parts of the country. Amenities include an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool with diving board, kids' wading pool, 25 modern and 6 primitive campsites, 4 picnic pavilions, 2 lighted tennis courts, nature trails, shower house and RV disposal station.
  • The Fun Farm, 2690 Breckenridge Rd, toll-free: +1-800-952-3580. Offers 76 acres of for indoor/outdoor paintball. It is open year round and also maintains a paintball store and a snackbar. They offer league, tournament, scenario, and walk ons on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Zimmerman Art Glass Factory, 300 E Chestnut Street, +1 812-738-2206. With the tools they learned to use as children, Zimmerman Art Glass carries on a family tradition that has continued through four generations. Makers of handmade glassware, Zimmerman's make 110 different pieces such as paperweights, fruit and holiday ornaments. Visitors can watch a first hand demonstration of off-hand glassmaking.

Historic sites[edit]

  • 5 Battle of Corydon Civil War Memorial Park, 100 Old Hwy 135 SW, +1 812-738-8236. Commemorating the only Civil War battle fought on Indiana soil, which took place on July 9, 1863. In hopes reinforcements would arrive and stop Confederate General John Hunt Morgan's march through Southern Indiana, 450 members of the Harrison County Home Guard attempted to delay Morgan's 2,400 Confederate soldiers. Battle of Corydon (Q2392704) on Wikidata Battle of Corydon on Wikipedia
  • Constitution Elm Tree, High St, +1 812-738-4890. In 1816, Indiana delegates met under the spreading branches of one of the largest trees of its kind in the world to draft Indiana's first state constituition.
  • Corydon Capitol State Historic Site, 200 Capitol Ave, +1 812-738-4890. The Corydon State Historic Site commemorates the history of Indiana's first state capital. Visit the federal-style limestone capitol building that was erected in the early 1800s, the Governor's Headquarters (see below), Constitution Elm, and the reconstructed Coburn-Porter Law Office. The site is very informative and rich with history. Open everyday except Monday and some holidays. Winter hours vary.
  • Flags Over Corydon, Capitol Ave, +1 812-738-2138. The 35 flags on display all flew over the Corydon area at one time. Each flag has been researched and documented by the Smithsonian Institution. Flags on display when weather permits.
  • Governor Hendricks Headquarters, Walnut St, +1 812-738-4890. This two-story federal style brick house was built in 1817. William Hendricks made the house his headquarters and home while he was governor of Indiana from 1822-1825. In 1841 Judge William A. Porter acquired the house, which remained in his family until the state secured it and opened it to the public in 1979.
  • Leora Brown School, 400 E Summit St, +1 812-738-3376. A simple one-room wooden structure built in 1891 for the education of black children. The school stands as a testament to the motivation of African-American children taught during the days of segregation. it is one of Indiana's oldest standing black elementary/secondary schools.

Live entertainment[edit]

  • [formerly dead link] Corydon Jamboree, 220 Hurst Ln, +1 812-738-1130. The Corydon Jamboree is fine family entertainment. It is a unique and entertaining variety show fit for anyone who loves good music. The Corydon Jamboree provides country, gospel, traditional, and many other forms of music for you and your family's entertainment.
  • Hayswood Theatre, 115 S. Capitol Ave, +1 812-738-8075. Formed in 1971, the Hayswood Community Theatre group makes its home in downtown Corydon and attracts locals and visitors alike with stellar performances. Recent productions have included The Cotton Patch Gospel, Driving Miss Daisy and Joeseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.

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Driving tours[edit]

  • John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail, toll-free: +1-888-738-2137. Interpretive brochure, guide book and audio tape/CD describing the 185 mile route taken by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan during the Civil War.
  • Ohio River Scenic Byway, toll-free: +1-888-738-2137. Driving directions, maps, interpretive brochures describing the 302 mile National Scenic Byway through Southern Indiana.

Events[edit]

Here is a monthly list of events in Corydon and Harrison County. Check with the Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau or call +1-888-738-2137 for the latest information and exact dates for events and festivals.

March

  • March Gladness with the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail
  • Friday Night Jams at Hayswood Theatre

April

  • Remembrance Day in New Amsterdam
  • Friday Night Jams at Hayswood Theatre
  • Hayswood Theatre presents: "The Curious Stage"

May

  • Triple Crown of Caving
  • Happy's Picnic Car Show
  • 1850 Haypress Demonstration & Living Farmstead
  • Southern Indiana Uncorked
  • Friday Night Jams at Hayswood Theatre
  • Friday Night Band Concerts on the Square

June

  • Wine Appreciation Dinner
  • Crawford County Chicken Run Car Show
  • Southern Indiana Kennel Club Dog Show
  • Kids Fishing Derby & Free Fishing Weekend
  • Triple Crown of Caving
  • Bluegrass on the Square
  • Friday Night Jams at Hayswood Theatre
  • Bluegrass on the Square
  • Friday Night Band Concerts on the Square
  • Hayswood Theatre Presents: "Once Upon A Mattress"

July

  • 1850 Haypress Demonstration & Living Farmstead
  • Indiana Territory Festival
  • Triple Crown of Caving
  • Turtle Run Winery Summer Concert Series
  • Leavenworth RiverFest
  • Kiwanis Fireworks
  • Harrison County Fair
  • Bluegrass on the Square
  • Friday Night Band Concerts on the Square
  • Hayswood Theatre Presents: "Once Upon A Mattress"

August

  • 1850 Haypress Demonstration & Living Farmstead
  • Triple Crown of Caving
  • World on the Square
  • Art on the Square
  • Bluegrass on the Square
  • Friday Night Band Concerts on the Square
  • Annabelle's Gift Shop and Gallery Juried Art Show

September

  • 1850 Haypress Demonstration & Living Farmstead
  • Harrison County Get Down on the Farm Days
  • Old Capitol Traditional Music Fest
  • Harrison County Cockadoodle Days
  • Lanesville Heritage Weekend
  • Friday Night Band Concerts on the Square

October

  • 1850 Haypress Demonstration & Living Farmstead
  • Spirit Days Festival in Elizabeth
  • Sensational Sunday at Churchill's Countryside Farm
  • Celebrate Laconia
  • Old Capitol Auto Fest
  • Unbridled Whimsy V Art Exhibit
  • Wyandotte Adventure Outings
  • Overnight Backpacking Trip
  • Sorghum Festival
  • Turtle Run Winery Bonfire & Hayride
  • Annual Halloween Parade
  • O'Bannon Woods State Park Autumn Camping Weekend

November

  • Light Up Corydon

December

  • Holiday Open House
  • Christmas Poinsettia Open House

Golf[edit]

  • Chariot Run Golf Course, 8191 Chariot Run Dr, Elizabeth (off IN 11), toll-free: +1-866-324-2746. Nestled gracefully into the rolling scenery that surrounds it, Caesars Indiana's spectacular course adds 18 holes and over 7,000 yards of exciting golf and impeccable landscaping to Southern Indiana.
  • New Salisbury Golf Course, 1320 Old Hwy 64 NE, New Salisbury, +1 812-347-2396. The 9-hole "New Salisbury" course at the New Salisbury Golf Course facility in New Salisbury, seven miles north of Corydon, features 2,914 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. Designed by Calvin Smith, the New Salisbury golf course opened in 1972.
  • Old Capital Golf Club, 1605 IN 62 NE, +1 812-738-2367. A premiere campionship 18 hole, Par 72 golf course. The course includes 6700 yards and has a 133 slope rating. It is a beautiful golf course that welcomes all skill levels. The unique combination of frequent elevation changes, gently sloping fairways, and strategically placed white sand bunkers will provide an exciting round for all golfers.

Outdoor recreation[edit]

  • Cave Country Canoes, 112 Main St (IN 64), Milltown, +1 812-365-2705. Paddlers will see an abundance of wildlife in the forested hill country of southern Indiana as they float along the Blue River.
  • Hayswood Park and Nature Reserve, 755 IN 135 NW, +1 812-738-8236. Hayswood Park and Nature Reserve features of 311 acres of Harrison County's most beautiful and relaxing scenery. Amenities include over 200 acres of pristine nature area, 3 picnic pavilions, 2 playgrounds, 2 nature trails, a paved walking trail, fishing lake (license required), horseshoe pits and abundant picnic and play areas. Reservations are recommended for the picnic pavilions.
  • O'Bannon Woods State Park, 7240 Old Forest Rd (off IN 62), +1 812-738-8232. 24,000 acres of recreational heaven. (hiking, fishing, cave tours and camping).

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Eat[edit]

  • Butt Drugs Soda Fountain, 115 E. Chestnut St, +1 812-738-3272. Butt Drugs is a family owned & operated pharmacy, in business since 1952. They take pride in the original soda fountain, and make sweet treats with only the best ingredients. Butt Drugs makes their own simple syrup for tasty vanilla cream sodas, homemade lemonade and limeade. Nothing is better than their original malts. They like to tell customers that it would be difficult to finish one of their tasty sodas or milkshakes before their prescription is filled. Whether a person is a regular customer or just visiting Corydon, the ambiance of the soda fountain takes them back to a time when simple things in life were a pleasure.
  • Horseshoe Southern Indiana, 11999 Casino Center Drive, Elizabeth, toll-free: +1-888-766-2648.
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 140 Pacer Dr. NW (off I-64 & IN 135), +1 812-734-0407. Cracker Barrel offers homestyle meals with quality ingredients prepared from scratch throughout the day. They also provide an old country store located right in the restaurant.
  • Culver's, 240 Federal Dr. NW (off I-64 & IN 135), +1 812-738-6464. Culver's provides family-oriented dining with various menu items. They specialize in butter burgers and frozen custard.
  • [dead link] The Dock Restaurant, 764 S. Nelson St, Leavenworth, +1 812-739-4449. Enjoy a wide selection of food while dining along side the Ohio River. The food and the view are what makes The Dock so special.
  • Eggroll House, 2137 Edsel Ln NW, +1 812-738-0938. Freshly made Chinese cuisine.
  • El Nopalito, 1506 N. Old Hwy 135, +1 812-738-4377.
  • Emery's Ice Cream Parlor, IN 62 West, +1 812-738-6047.
  • Frederick's Cafe, 112 N. Elm St, +1 812-738-3733.
  • Frisch's Big Boy, 125 Sky Park Dr. NE (off I-64 & IN 135), +1 812-738-1970.
  • Hong Kong Buffet, 2363 IN 135 NW, +1 812-738-6868.
  • Jimbo's Barbecue, 3845 IN 62 NW, +1 812-738-1771. Jimbo's is known for its open pit barbecue flavor. They slow cook their meat to perfection and their sauce is an original family recipe. Jimbo's makes barbecue taste the way it should. Seasonal hours.
  • Lisa's Sports Bar & Grill, 115 E. Poplar St, +1 812-738-4322. Lisa's offers homecooked meals. They offer breakfast and lunch specials daily. Lisa's serves cold beer and mixed drinks and provides live entertainment on the weekends.
  • El Nopal Mexican Restaurant, 2365 Landmark Ave NE, +1 812-738-0300.
  • O'Charleys, 160 Pacer Ct (IN 135 off of I-64), +1 812-738-5201. Good food and good times. O'Charley's serves classic American entrees with a fun family atmosphere.
  • The Overlook Restaurant, 1153 W. IN 62, Leavenworth, +1 812-739-4264. The Overlook specializes in country cookin' with homemade biscuits, pies, and fried chicken (their specialty). The Overlook also provides a stunning view of the Ohio River to add to your dining experience.
  • Shanghai, 1360 N.Old Hwy 135, +1 812-738-7688. Authentic Chinese food. They provide a buffet and many different menu items from the far east.
  • SteveO's Pit Stop Deli, 450 Quarry Rd. Corydon In. 47712, +1 812-734-1100. 5AM-5PM. SteveO's is not your typical deli... they have American food and Mexican food. If you're looking for quality and authenticity then this is the place for you.

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By phone[edit]

Most telephone numbers in Corydon consist of +1 812 plus a seven-digit number, but a second area code (+1 930) was overlain onto the entire 812 area in September 2014. A local or in-state telephone call now requires all 10 digits of the local number be dialed (omitting just the leading +1 from a local landline call).

Signage on many established businesses may still display the original seven-digit numbers; dial 812 before these if no area code is indicated.

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