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South Shore Civil War Trail

In the travel and tourism world, it seems as though there’s a “trail” for everything these days, from food to wine to art. What I love about the trail concept is that it helps someone who has never been to a particular area know how to focus their time based upon personal interests. It’s like combining all the ingredients you to need to create a great recipe for a fun trip!

A wonderful example of this is the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail in northwest Indiana. While I’ve visited this part of the state a handful of times, I’m definitely not intimately familiar with it. And my history-loving husband is always on the lookout for points of interest that are historically significant. So this trail would be an ideal way for us to explore the area further.

The trail is focused on honoring the hundreds of soldiers from the Calumet Region who served in the Civil War. The handful of cemeteries on the trail are home to numerous headstones, monuments and other architecturally significant landmarks. Future plans include more fully restoring these gravesites and burial markers, QR codes so that visitors can hear stories on their smartphones, and improved signage.

If cemeteries aren’t your thing, then you can also visit other stops on the trail, like the Memorial Opera House and the Porter County Museum of History, both in Valparaiso, the Three Creeks Monument in Lowell, the Old Lake County Courthouse in Crown Point, and the Merrillville Ross Township Historial Society Museum in Merrillville.

If your children are studying U.S. or Indiana history in school, exploring the trail sounds like a unique way to further their classroom studies this summer. (Because, let’s be honest, I bet you’ve already heard, “I’m bored!”)

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Written by : Nicole is a stay-at-home mom and blogger living in Columbus, Indiana. She blogs about adventures at home and away with her husband and 2-year-old son at She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She grew up in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Butler University in 2002. She spent seven years living and working in downtown Indianapolis following college. Nicole is always looking for fun, kid-friendly outing ideas. You can contact her via email or find her on Twitter at @arrowssentforth. Nicole receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.