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Historic sites in Illinois and Indiana

Courtesy Hendricks Co. CVB

Hendricks County, Indiana Just west of Indianapolis, Hendricks County, Indiana, has a number of historic attractions where group travelers can experience some old-time Indiana traditions. The most popular starting place is the one-room schoolhouse in Pittsboro. “It’s a must-see attraction that has become a group tour favorite,” said Josh Duke, communications manager at the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “They actually have it set up as a classroom, and you take the persona of a student in this class. They have the schoolmarm, Miss Phoebe, who takes you through a day in the life of a classroom in 1892.” All of the furnishings in the schoolhouse are original to the 1890s. Miss Phoebe re-creates famous moments from childhood with visiting groups, including picking out troublemakers to sit in the corner wearing dunce caps. For more history, group leaders can take their travelers to the Hendricks County Courthouse Square, which offers options for both guided tours and free time. “The courthouse itself is a historic landmark, and a lot of important things happened there,” Duke said. “There are a lot of buildings to tour on the square. There’s also Gallery on the Square, where people can take part in workshops with local artists, and a chocolate art shop called Confection Delights.” Groups touring the square can also visit the Hendricks County Historic Museum, the historic Royal Theater and the Andy Griffith-themed Mayberry Café.