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Get Out of Town, | May 09, 2018

Six little-known landmarks you should visit this weekend


Do you need a new a weekend getaway? 812 magazine has you covered with six landmarks you probably haven't heard of.


You probably haven't been to all of the unique landmarks Southern Indiana has to offer. But fear not! 812 has created a list of six landmarks that you should definitely visit this weekend.

Overlook Restaurant, Leavenworth

The Overlook Restaurant was built and opened in 1929 as a grocery store and cafe, which later became a restaurant in 1948. This restaurant also offers a scenic view of the Ohio River. The Overlook Restaurant has survived floods, serving as a Greyhound bus stop and many changes in management. 

Stephenson's General Store, Leavenworth 

A landmark for over 100 years, the general store has an old ice cream bar, an antique cookie jar collection and a deli. “I can’t go in there without at least buying something,” says Tina Connor, executive vice president of Indiana Landmarks. 

Eleutherian College, Madison

The Eleutherian Institute, founded in 1848, developed this college in 1854. The college and the chapel were constructed between 1854 and 1856. Eleutherian, which became a public school in 1888 and remained in use until 1939, was the first college in Indiana open to anyone, regardless of race or sex. 

Monkey Hollow Ferdinand Tasting Room, Ferdinand

This house was built by a Swiss doctor in 1903 to look like a chalet, but it was eventually transformed into a restaurant and satellite winery. Now, Monkey Hollow is a family-owned business, and you can enjoy a glass of wine in the shade while gazing upon the vineyard.  

Wabash Cannonball Bridge, Knox County

Located on the border of St. Francesville in Lawrence County, Illinois, and Knox County, Indiana, the bridge that was originally for railroads, was eventually converted for cars use. This bridge also goes over the Wabash River and is incredibly rocky. “There are many videos on YouTube on it,” Davis says. “It’s scary as hell.” 

Lyles Station, Princeton

National landmark Lyles Station is named after Joshua Lyles, a free African-American man who was one of the town's first settlers. Lyles Station was also one of Indiana's earliest rural communities. Lyles Station consisted of fifty-five homes, a post office, a railroad station, an elementary school, two churches, two general stores and a lumber mill. Lyles Station also features a museum of Alonzo Fields who was born in Lyles Station and became a White House butler serving President Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower.

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