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Four Fun Farm Facts


Mar 27, 2015

Each summer, families make it a point to stop at the Living Historical Farm at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial where the workday runs at a slower pace.  A nostalgic look back at time past, where “old-fashioned” is the fashion.

Here are four fun farm facts:

  1. The Living Historical Farm is a recreated 1820s pioneer homestead where reenactors (dressed in period clothing!) perform chores similar to the Lincoln’s. Watch live demonstrations from days gone by including wool spinning and log splitting.
  2. The cabin and outbuildings were moved from elsewhere in Indiana and were reassembled at the park. They rest on four of the original 160 acres once owned by Thomas Lincoln, Abe's father.
  3. Ranger Bob has informed and entertained visitors for 21 years. His presentations make for special memories that keep families returning year after year.
  4. Step into history! Wander along the split-rail fences on the paths Lincoln walked and catch a glimpse of what life was like in the 1800s.

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Find out when the Living Historical Farm opens in 2015, plus learn more about what is included during a tour here.  


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Spring Time Sippin'


Mar 26, 2015

Off the beaten path, situated on a scenic country road, Pepper’s Ridge Winery is brimming with locals, out-of-towners, and regulars.

It’s a peaceful retreat during a busy day or a welcome stop on a relaxing Sunday drive. A place where life’s moments, no matter how big (a soon-to-be-bride toasting to the future) or small (cheers to the weekend!) are celebrated.

And while the award-winning wine is reason enough visit this countryside attraction, here are five reasons to visit Pepper’s Ridge Winery this spring:

  1. A wide selection of wine is available and is destined to suit any palette. Try the Cranberry or Trail Mix for a sweet flavor; if you are a fan of dry wines, the Bluff City White is recommended.
  2. Tastings are complimentary. You can also purchase by the glass or share a bottle with friends.
  3. Ice cold wine slushies make for a refreshing treat. Bringing the little ones? Kid-friendly slushies are available as well.
  4. Peace and tranquility is just a sip away once you sit on the patio and take in the 20-acre view.
  5. Tap your foot or get up and dance as local musicians deliver acoustic jams during Saturday afternoons.

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With Holiday World opening one month from today, we asked local businesses to share tips for visiting early and making the most out of summer vacation. 

"The diving show "Dive!" at Holiday World is incredible and is well worth taking a short break from the rides. The best time to visit the park is during May and early June. The weather is generally great and the lines are much shorter than later in the season." - Kevin, Santa's Candy Castle

Debbie, Santa's Lodge: "Santa's Lodge is booking up fast. 41 of the rooms are being remodeled and are ready for reservations, so don't wait!"

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"There are so many fantastic places to eat: McKenzie's, The Rustic, and White Squirrel Donuts to name a few. Plus, they are all conveniently located minutes from Rockport Comfort Inn & Suites." - Sharon, Rockport Comfort Inn & Suites 

Laura, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort"We encourage families to reserve their lodging early. At Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort we take reservations about a year and a half in advance. It is your best chance to get the type of lodging that suits your family’s needs. The summer months are busy! Consider staying during our less busy times, May or early June." 

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Find places to stay near Holiday World here

Already booked your lodging? Start mapping out your day by viewing all of the fun area attractions. Check out free family activities here!

Learn insider tips, buy tickets, download printable maps, and more here


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