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Connor Prairie Interactive History Park

13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, Indiana 46038 USA

“where history is still alive”

When you explore Indiana’s past at Conner Prairie, history comes alive. Dial back two hundred years, and you would find William Conner living in a log home beside the White River with his Lenape Indian spouse and five children. To make a living, he bought furs from Indians who trapped the rich forests of this state. But William’s life and Indiana changed rapidly soon after. The Lenape left Indiana. William Conner married anew and in 1823 built a grand house on a hill overlooking a flood plain that came to be known as "Conner’s Prairie." He became a major land owner, a statesman and a wealthy businessman. In the 1930s, Eli Lilly, then president of the pharmaceutical company, stumbled upon Conner’s house, forgotten and falling down. Lilly believed history to be an essential cornerstone of American democracy, so he bought the Conner Homestead in 1934 and immediately began using it as the centerpiece for historical reenactments to "connect people with history in ways books cannot." Always a champion of education, Lilly opened the site to the public so people could see their heritage brought to life. That was the start of the first phase of Conner Prairie’s life. Over the decades, present-day Conner Prairie began to take shape.

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Austin Coop

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August 28, 2014

Went here allll the time for school as a kid. The classical music concerts in the summer draw a big crowd. Very good actors make it feel like the 1800s. A great family destination.

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Connor Prairie Interactive History Park

13400 Allisonville Road
Fishers, Indiana
46038 USA

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