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2019 ACL Conference - Rooted in Faith, Grounded in Truth: Historic Grant County

Historic Sites


Matthews Covered Bridge - Matthews Covered Bridge Festival - Cumberland Covered Bridge - Grant County Indiana - Matthews Indiana

The 181-foot covered timbered bridge, built in 1877 and restored in 1999, spans the Mississinewa River at Matthews and is the last remaining covered bridge in Grant County. It was swept from its abutments by the great 1913 flood, and floated a quarter mile downstream. It was later returned to its abutments by horses.


Hostess House, Wilson-Vaughan Hostess House, dining, Marion Indiana, lunch, tea roomDine in this beautifully restored historical house that is on the National Historic Register. Luncheon menu includes a selection of soups, sandwiches, sides, salads, and specialties.  Scrumptious desserts include our famous homemade pies, apple dumplings, and a variety of cheesecakes. Lunch available daily.  Visit Peggy’s Boutique on the second floor to shop for special gift items.


Tour this beautifully renovated 1840s National Register property with ties to the Underground Railroad. The Jenkins House is a ‘Hoosier Homestead’ and is listed on the ‘Indiana Historic Sites and Structures’ . Presently the house serves as the Clubhouse for the Club Run Golf Course, including sandwich and lunch fare.


Mississinewa 1812, Mississinewa Battlefield, Mississinewa 1812 Battlefield, War of 1812, Grant County Indiana, Marion Indiana, 1812 battle siteThe Mississinewa Battlefield was the site of the first victory of the United States Army during the War of 1812, on December 17-18, 1812. A 600-man mounted force led by Lt. Col. John B. Campbell attacked and destroyed four British-allied Indian villages. Site of the annual Mississinewa 1812 living history event. 


The first log cabin in Jonesboro, purchased by Obadiah Jones in 1834. Obadiah Jones founded the town of Jonesboro and lived on Main Street in this cabin. On display in the Jonesboro Park, restored and maintained today by the Jonesboro Historical Society. Site of the annual Old Settlers’ Day Festival.



International in scope, the Quilters Hall of Fame was founded by Hazel Carter of Vienna, Virginia to celebrate and document the lives of those who have made outstanding contributions to the world of quilting. View unique quilts in the beautiful surroundings of Marie Webster’s restored Colonial Revival house. The Quilters Hall of Fame is housed in the Marie Webster House, which was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 1993. Explore the studio where Marie conducted her quilting business and wrote her landmark book in the early 1900s.



Fairmount Historical Museum - Fairmount Museum - James Dean - Garfield - Fairmount IndianaHoused in an historic landmark, the museum was founded in 1975. Exhibits showcase authentic artifacts of hometown film star James Dean, Garfield cartoon creator Jim Davis, community history, and much more. The gift shop includes James Dean items, Garfield items, and Fairmount items.


James Dean Gallery - James Dean Museum - Fairmount Indiana - James Dean memoribilia - Rebel Rebel Gift ShopThe James Dean Gallery features a collection of Dean portraits and rare memorabilia, including hometown artifacts, collectibles, magazines and more.  Visitors from around the globe visit the gallery to pay homage to 50s icon James Dean.  Don't forget to browse the Rebel gift shop for nifty 50s items.


marion public library, marion indiana public library, marion indiana, grant county indianaThe museum houses a large display of artifacts and memorabilia from Grant County history. The "Made Here" exhibit highlights the natural gas boom in East Central Indiana and its effects on ommunities. Exhibits include a 1952 Crosley Super Sport car, the McClure cabinet, and the Marion sweeper and Marion stove, all manufactured in Marion.


matthews indiana, matthews historical society matthews indiana, grant county indiana, covered bridge grant county indiana, cumberland covered bridge in matthews indianaThis museum offers an amazing collection of memorabilia from the heyday of gas boom days of the early 1900’s. Founded in 1895, More than 5,000 people lived in Matthews at this now small town’s peak. A replica of the Cumberland Covered Bridge, military memorabilia, glass bottles manufactured in Matthews, etc. all tell the story of this gas boom town.

Indiana Wesleyan University - Jackson Library
Lewis A. Jackson Library
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953

Lewis A. Jackson Library

4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953

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