A visit to one of our living history weekends will bring the past to life!

Join us as reenactors inhabit the house and grounds, bringing reality to the historical world that once existed here. These special events are great for families and help support the ongoing restoration process.

Indiana Frontier Experience

Due to a family of Great Blue Herons nesting in the reenactment area, the 2017 event has been cancelled. See us next year!

In 1800, the Territory of Indiana was opened to settlers from the East. The first decade of the 19th century saw many new settlements spring up along the Ohio River which began to push into the north of the Territory, now Southern Indiana and Southern Illinois. The town of Charlestown, Indiana was founded in 1808 during this period. In 1811, General William Henry Harrison called for volunteers to march to the Prophet’s Town in a campaign later known as the Battle of Tippecanoe. This began the War of 1812 and many small battles with Native-American clans were fought across the territory. In 1816, a year after the end of the War of 1812, Indiana was entered into the union as the 19th state. This event recreates that world with settlers, militias, natives, tradesmen, politicians, and an atmosphere of the period 1800-1816. Visitors will experience the past with demonstrations, food, music and entertainment of the period. Join us for a bare-knuckle boxing match, skirmishes, and much more!  Admission is free. Parking is $8 per car.




Christmas Candlelight Tours

(We are short-staffed on volunteers this year. We apologize for the inconvenience.)


Come experience the joy and cheer as the John Work House is decorated in historical fashion for the holidays. Over 70 candles light the beautiful Federal-era home and fireplaces blaze cheerily. Reenactors interpret life in 1811 and share early-American holiday traditions. Live music and demonstrations will occur throughout each evening. Public hours are 5:30PM to 8:30PM. Be sure to visit our store for some great holiday shopping! Admission is free, however a donation for the Historic John Work House restoration project is strongly encouraged. Parking is also free. Suggested donation $5 per person.