This weekend on the Hoosier National Forest (August 9th)

Contact(s): Marion Mason, (812) 275‐5987

Bedford, IN (August 9, 2018) – The Rickenbaugh historic home will be open for visitors to view and ask questions of Forest Service staff on Saturday, August 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm (Central time). The home is located at the Indian-Celina Lakes Recreation Area, off SR 37, south of I64, in Perry County. A day use fee is required to enter the recreation area.  Built in 1874, it was sold to the Forest Service in 1968. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Forest Service has rehabilitated the property with the cooperation of many local partners and grants. The building is constructed entirely of local materials: sandstone, oak, poplar and walnut. The Celina Post Office occupied three shelves in one of the large cupboards from 1880 until 1951. Join us to learn more of the unique history of this family and area.

If wilderness or history are of interest to you, forest volunteers are hosting an open house at the Brooks Cabin Wilderness Welcome Center on Sunday, August 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Eastern time).  This is an authentic log cabin at the edge of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness in Monroe County. To reach the cabin and wilderness take SR 446 (south of Bloomington) to Tower Ridge Rd.  Built by John S. Brooks in the 1890's, the building is characteristic of log homes built in the eastern United States between 1850 and 1920. The Forest Service acquired the cabin in a land purchase in 1992. The cabin was relocated to a location where it could be more accessible and useful. The entrance to the Charles C. Deam Wilderness was chosen as a perfect place to reconstruct the cabin.  Volunteers can answer questions about this area or others on the forest.  After touring the cabin, visitors are encouraged to experience the wilderness by hiking one of the many trails, or driving Tower Ridge Road to the Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower. 

Please visit our website , Facebook page  or contact the Hoosier National Forest at 812-275-5987 (Bedford) or 812-547-7051 (Tell City) for more information or questions.

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