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Gene Stratton-Porter's "cabin" Sylvan Lake, IN

Gene Stratton-Porter's "cabin" Sylvan Lake, IN

 This stop was for my Mom (and me).  I remember her referring often to a book she’d loved when growing up, “A Girl of the Limberlost”,  by Gene Stratton-Porter.  We’ve watched at least one or two movie versions together in years past.

I think my Mom, as a poor city kid, must have been mesmerized by the very idea of a swamp, the strangeness, the dangers, the fragile and exotic beauty.  So, I was really  thrilled to be able to visit the home of the writer, photographer and naturalist who studied and wrote about the Limberlost swamp, and ignited the imagination of my Mother, and countless others, so many years ago. 

G.S. Porter’s home (she designed herself) on Sylvan Lake (Limberlost North) is wonderfully preserved, and the surrounding woods, lake and gardens are magical.  Dick and I wound up having a personal tour of the house, since we were the only people there at 2:00 – some school busses had just left. Wonderful anecdotes, interesting collections, so much fascinating personal and family memorabilia in such a lovely setting. She was an amazingly talented woman in a myriad of ways, and I would think even people who aren’t familiar with her life or work would enjoy this interesting, beyond literary (and inexpensive – $3.50/adult, $3/senior $2/child !) historic site.  

Who knows what little (or big) girl will be inspired next?

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