Prophetstown State Park
Prophetstown State Park, January 2012
|Location||Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States|
|Nearest city||Battle Ground, Indiana|
|Area||2,000 acres (810 ha)|
|Operated by||Indiana Department of Natural Resources|
Prophetstown State Park recalls Prophetstown, an Indian village founded in 1808 by Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa ("The Prophet") north of present-day Lafayette, Indiana, which grew into a large, multi-tribal community. The Park is located near the town of Battle Ground, Indiana, United States, about a mile east of the site of the Battle of Tippecanoe. Established in 2004, it is Indiana’s newest state park. The park is home to the Museum at Prophetstown, which recreates a Native American village and a 1920s-era farm.
The park was originally proposed in 1989, but didn't receive funding from the Indiana legislature until 1994. Land acquisition continued through 1999 when the legislature funded $3.7 million for the creation of the park The park was formally dedicated by then Indiana Governor Joe Kernan in 2004. The campground opened the following year and was a partnership with Lafayette as part of the Lafayette Inn tax. Construction of the aquatic park began in October 2012 and was completed in 2013 after lobbying by local officials to drive more visitors to the park and Tippecanoe County.
The Farm at Prophetstown is a non-profit organization that rents approximately 125 acres (51 ha) from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to show farming life as it was in the 1920s.
Facilities and activities
- Historic Prophetstown Farmstead, a 1920s living history farm with animals including Belgian mares, Berkshire pigs, Romney sheep, Milking Shorthorn cattle, and chickens
- Woodland Indian Settlement with replicas of a Shawnee council house and medicine lodge
- Hiking trail (2.75 miles (4.43 km))
- Bicycle trail (2.4 miles (3.9 km))
- Interpretative naturalist services
- Picnic areas and shelters
- Camping, with 110 campsites and a dumping station
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- "State Park Timeline". Journal and Courier. Lafayette (IN) Journal and Courier. 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2014-08-31.