A Getaway for History Buffs: French Lick, Indiana

If you love history, a trip to southern Indiana is a unique way to experience a little of our nation’s history. The area surrounding French Lick offers everything from historic homes to a Civil War battlefield park to tours of two historic, world-class resort hotels.

The Artists’ Inn & Gallery is the ideal spot from which to enjoy all that the French Lick area has to offer. The restored home was built in 1850 and is decorated in an eclectic style with antiques and original artwork created by the innkeeper. There are four guest rooms, all of which feature beds topped with fine linens and down comforters, individual heat and air conditioning and wireless internet. The innkeeper at this French Lick accommodation also provides a continental breakfast each morning.

In addition to the four guest rooms at this French Lick inn, there are several private cottages nearby. Each of the cottages has been decorated individually and offers the convenience of a full kitchen. The cottages are ideal for larger parties, such as families or friends traveling together.

Now that you have picked the perfect place to stay, you just have to choose which historic sites to visit. Two of the most popular historic attractions are the French Lick Springs Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel. Each of these amazing properties is more than a century old and rivals any five-star resort in terms of beauty and architecture. Tours are available of each of these hotels.

Another fun option is the French Lick Scenic Railway. This non-profit railroad runs antique railroad cars on a 20-mile journey through the Hoosier National Forest, including a trip through the famed Burton Tunnel. This 2,200-foot-long tunnel is an amazing engineering feat, carved out of shale and limestone.

Take a 30-mile drive from your French Lick inn and you’ll find even more historic attractions. In Lincoln City, you’ll find both Lincoln State Park and the Lincoln Living Historical Farm. The latter is a recreation of a typical pioneer homestead, much like the kind Abraham Lincoln lived on during his many years in Indiana. At Lincoln State Park, there are monuments to the beloved president and well as a historic home that once belonged to one of young Mr. Lincoln’s first employers. A drive to Corydon takes travelers to the site of the only Civil War battlefield in Indiana.

Jane Leisteiner loves blogging and traveling. To get more information about French Lick accommodations or additional details about bed and breakfast inns, visit the Artists Inn and Gallery or iLoveInns sites.

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