Whitewater Canal Locks, Metamora, Indiana

Whitewater Canal Locks, Metamora, Indiana

Metamora mill

The past comes alive in this quaint southeastern corner of Indiana. A restored 14 mile stretch of the Whitewater Canal, cuts through the middle of this historic town.

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Dating back to the 1830s, Metamora, meaning “beautiful woman”, this small village has a rich history. Much of which can be experienced as one can watch grain being ground in a real gristmill, enjoy a leisurely horse drawn carriage ride, feed the ducks, and shop in the many specialty stores and restaurants.

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As an added treat, one can ride the Whitewater train or take a canal boat ride on the replica Ben Franklin 111, through the last wooden aqueduct in the United States.

In its heyday, mules walked alongside the waterway pulling the flat-bottomed boats along the heavily trafficked 76-mile long, man-made canal, having 56 locks and seven feeder dams it served many communities in southeastern Indiana.

Farmers used the canal to send livestock and produce to market, With the coming of the railroad, the canal became obsolete, and its use switched to powering nearby grist mills.

With the passing of the railroads and development of our highway system , the population of Metamora dwindled, and the town might have disappeared had it not been for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which, in 1947, renovated the Metamora grist mill, a portion of the canal, and the aqueduct to establish the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site.

Today, Metamora is a community of retirees, artists, and shop owners who take great pride in the town’s 1838 canal and collection of historic buildings, which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Drawing 1,000 vendors and 100,000 to 200,000 visitors, the highlight event of the year is Canal Days, an annual event scheduled the first weekend in October during which the autumn leaves are in full color.

Visiting on a Sunday morning offers the rare opportunity to worship in a church with a genuine hand pumped hand organ.

Combine all this with the annual Christmas Walk and you have the perfect formula for a getaway week-end almost anytime of year!

 

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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to over complicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

 

 


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