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A Historical Adventure in Wayne County

Spring Break in Indiana is unpredictable. Unfortunately my daughterís spring break fell during a cold and snowy week so our plans to visit the Indy zoo and walk the trails at Cope Environmental Center had to be modified. To make our ďstaycationĒ a little more exciting we decided we would try to do something weíve never done or go someplace weíve never been each day, and because of the high gas prices we didnít want to drive too far. So, the first day of vacation we drove to Richmond to make our first trip to the Winter Farmersí Market at the Innovation Center and then the Wayne County Historical Museum.

Wayne County Historical Museum

I always love visiting the Innovation Center not only because itís downtown on Main Street and close to Veachís Toy Store, other fun shops and interesting historical buildings, but also because of its bright, open and modern interior. It is a great venue for the indoor Farmersí Market, which this time included about a dozen tables with goods ranging from organic greens, healthful juices, recycled art, cloth crafts, homemade and professional baked goods, chef specialties and other fun surprises Ė all set to live music. We bought a lovely bag of mixed greens, a loaf of homemade sour dough bread, strawberry bread, and a necklace made from a bottle cap, after filling up on yummy samples of food. I really wanted to buy a lawn statue that looked like cattails but was made from old tractor parts.

A plane hanging in the Wayne County Historical Museum

I have read the Wayne County Historical Museum, a block from Richmondís Main Street, is like a miniature Smithsonian. I have never been to the Smithsonian but the WCHM was a miniature of what Iíve imagined the Smithsonian to be. We saw a mummy, old cars, a plane hanging from the ceiling, dollhouses, old tools and toys, a log cabin and a one-room schoolhouse, a Conestoga wagon, Native American artifacts, Japanese art, early printing presses, preserved animals, maps, a reconstruction of an 1800ís Main Street and so much more. Iím excited about the museumís planned expansion — the current building – which was a Quaker Meeting House – the historical outbuildings, and the addition will cover one whole city block.

My eight year old and I were both entertained and educated that day and recommend the experience to adventurers of all ages.

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Written by : Clare Seffrin Bond, a writer, life coach and marketing specialist, lives and works in Richmond, Indiana. A native of Wayne County, Clare enjoys exploring the historical sites of the area, as well as the many new locations offering excellent cuisine and live music.