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Step Back In Time At Paynetown SRA Heritage Days, July 12-14
Updated July 11, 2013 6:40 AM
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(PAYNETOWN) - Paynetown State Recreation Area at Monroe Lake will offer a glimpse into the past, this weekend, during the lake's annual Heritage Days.

Heritage Days highlights history between 1745 and the 1890s. The centerpiece is the Heritage Village encampment, where re-enactors portray early settlers. Visitors can wander through the encampment as it is being set up on Friday, from 2 to 7 p.m.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., there will be periodic music demonstrations, tomahawk throwing and communal meals.

The final chance to see the encampment is on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Monroe Lake also will have activities and programs scheduled for each day. Visitors can make a leather carrying pouch and a pioneer toy on Friday, play pioneer games on Saturday, and churn butter and make a "winged fancy" on Sunday. A heritage-themed craft is also available at the Activity Center each day from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit or call (812) 837-9967 or email

Heritage Days programs and activities are free after the standard entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicle or $7 per out-of-state vehicle.

Monroe Lake ( is at 4850 South State Road 446, Bloomington, 47401.

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