The following press release was sent to the Bloomingtonian Thursday:
“For immediate release: August 25, 2022
Falls of the Ohio SP to discuss George Rogers Clark home site at Aug. 30 open house
An open house for those interested in sharing ideas for the future interpretation of the George Rogers Clark home site along the Ohio River in Clarksville will be offered by Indiana State Parks on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 5:30 p.m.
The event is an opportunity to meet the consultants involved and learn about steps in planning. The program will also include a look at the future of services and facilities at Falls of the Ohio State Park.
The log cabin that was built in 2001 to represent Clark’s home on the river’s bluff was destroyed by arson during the summer of 2021. Only its chimney remains, along with a nearby cabin built to represent the structure that Ben and Venus McGee, indentured servants of Clark, might have occupied.
Landstory, a landscape architecture firm from Indianapolis, will guide the process. The firm has worked on several other projects along the river in Madison, Clarksville, and New Albany.
“George Rogers Clark’s home site is significant for Clark’s presence and for its place in the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery story, but there are thousands of years of human, geological, and natural history that are also important,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for stewardship for Indiana State Parks. “We look forward to working with this team of talented consultants and the communities along the river to determine the best ways to enhance this site and contribute to the many stories of life on the Ohio.”
The open house will start in the interpretive center auditorium with a short presentation. An opportunity to talk with Landstory team members and DNR staff one-on-one will follow. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, courtesy of the Falls of the Ohio Foundation. Landstory will also meet individually with several stakeholder groups.
Admission to the interpretive center for the open house is free, and those attending will be welcome to visit the exhibit galleries.
Learn more about Falls of the Ohio State Park and the Clark home site at on.IN.gov/fallsoftheohiosp.