Is history epic? It is if it’s 390 million years old! Balance that with culinary experiences that range from down home to elevated and sophisticated. That’s what you’ll get when you experience the history in the heartland in the part of southern Indiana we call “SoIN.”
Fast forward a few millennia to the excitement of Lewis and Clark’s historic exploration West and the drama of the Underground Railroad. Then plant yourself in modern times with group experiences that reflect on all those times and their effects on SoIN. Just north of Louisville, Kentucky, SoIN is where Hoosier Hospitality meets southern charm.
Groups can travel safely knowing many area businesses have made the Hoosier Hospitality Promise. They’ve pledged to follow the CDC and local health officials’ guidelines on operating businesses. See the changes at gosoin.com/update.
Falls of the Ohio State Park
See the largest exposed Devonian fossil bed in the world when the Ohio River is at low levels. Overlooking the river with its state-of-the-art Interpretive Center, this park takes groups on an interactive timeline of the people, places, and animals from 390 million years ago to today. You won’t find any other place like it in the world! This site was recently added to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.
Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant
Enjoy famous fried biscuits and apple butter during a family-style lunch or dinner. Dining includes country farm-fresh fried chicken, ham, with your favorite comfort food sides like green beans, corn, and mashed potatoes. Open seasonally from the start of spring to the end of fall, your group can explore southern Indiana’s rolling hills and enjoy fresh tastes throughout the year.
Carnegie Center for Art & History
Learn history hands-on with experiential group activities (minimal charge). This free museum offers two exhibits detailing courageous acts by men and women of the Underground Railroad. “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Men and Women of the Underground Railroad,” is a sweeping look at New Albany, Indiana’s part in the anti-slavery movement. “Remembered: The Life of Lucy Higgs Nichols” details the life of a former slave who was “adopted” by an army unit and is lovingly remembered.
MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen
Renowned culinary artists, five-course dinners and a personal view. This is the MESA experience! Groups will watch and learn as chefs create delicious masterpieces in a state-of-the-art kitchen. The chefs talk about their dishes – why they cook what they cook; what their motivation is; and what you will expect as they serve it to you fresh from this on-site display kitchen. Learn new recipes. Discover new tastes. Meet new friends.