Hello, and welcome! My last post shared the first day at Potato Creek State Park for our 16th anniversary. The next morning we woke and decided to investigate Potato Creeks 327 acres of natural habitats, Worster Lake, old fields, mature woodlands, restored prairies and diverse wetlands. Natives used the area for hunting and fishing and the European descent settled here in the 1830’s.
The weather was so beautiful.
The first thing we did was head over to Worster Lake a favorite for lots of Indiana folks is a wooded, natural shoreline. No homes or development on the lake. It is a restful, safe and quiet lake area. It has three nice fishing piers and boats for rental to head out to fish. We rented a rowboat and headed out for a quick paddle.
The lake is best known for its bluegill and crappie, which I understand is “prolific.” The largemouth bass are also significant, and growing faster in Worster than the state average. Next time we go we’re gonna bring our fishing poles and hopefully catch dinner for that night!
We walked awhile along the lake and a bullfroghopped along with us..
A Viceroy butterfly (?) fluttered along while we walked. Potato Creek opened a Corn maze on Friday and we walked parts of it…
We didn’t complete it because we didn’t know how long it was.
While walking you could see fields of Goldenrod outside the maze.
Then we headed to Porter Rea Cemetery, located within Potato Creek…
This cemetery was officially created September 6, 1854 when Samuel Gard deeded land to trustees for a burial ground. Free African-American settlers from Huggart Settlement were buried here alongside their white neighbors, not segregated. Porter Cemetery Association was formed May 9, 1884 with both white and African-American charter members.
Cemetery has always been a neighborhood burial ground for members from churches of various denominations. It has been called Porter Rea for decades perhaps because both Porter and Rea families owned adjacent land. Although enclosed in Potato Creek State Park, it remains an active independent cemetery managed by Porter Cemetery Association.
There were so many infant headstones….this area had a woman lose 5 babies. I could only imagine her pain.
Theres a “horse” campground that sits right off some long horse trails that we we accidentally turned in to…
Everyone was so excited to talk about their horse children..
This horse was the most gentle calm horse I ever had the pleasure to meet.
As we were driving out of the park this was the last thing I saw. It took awhile to get over it!
We had a very nice trip for our anniversary and enjoyed ourselves.