What do the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Rockefeller Center in New York City, and Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina have in common? They -- and hundreds of other buildings and monuments -- were all constructed with Indiana limestone.
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC owes much of its grandeur to Indiana Limestone.
June is Limestone Month in Indiana. Throughout the month, people can learn more about the legacy of limestone by participating in a variety of activities. Highlights include:
Empire Quarry Tour - Thursday, June 13, 10a.m. - noon. Tour limestone quarries in Oolitic, Indiana. Cost is $5 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Lawrence County Visitors Center, 1-800-798-0769.
Limestone Carving Demonstration - Saturday, June 15, 10a.m. - 5p.m. at McCormick's Creek State Park. As part of Arts in the Park, quarriers, carvers, and toolmakers will show examples of their work and talk with visitors about the stone production process.
Spring Mill Limestone Weekend - Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23. Head to Spring Mill Park in Mitchell, Indiana to discover unique limestone features within Pioneer Village, tour limestone memorial stones on the Hamer Cemetery Tour, and view demonstrations of stone cutting and carving techniques at the Nature Center.
Limestone Carving Exhibit & BBQ at the Quarry -- Friday and Saturday, June 28-29. Visit Bedford, Indiana on Friday from 5p.m. - 8p.m. and Saturday from 10a.m. - 4p.m. to watch limestone carvers practice their craft at the Lawrence County Museum of History. Admission is free. BBQ at the Quarry offers a beer garden and live bands on Friday and BBQ sampling, bounce houses, a classic car cruise in and live bands on Saturday.