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Historic springhouse restored at McCormick's Creek

SPENCER, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says a historically significant springhouse has been restored at McCormick's Creek State Park in south central Indiana.

The agency says the springhouse at the park's Peden Farm Site allows visitors to learn firsthand about the area's first landowners. Springhouses were used in early farm life to keep perishable foods chilled.

It says the Peden Farm springhouse was torn down to its last row of foundational stone and then rebuilt, with each stone placed back as close to its original location as possible.

DNR says Nancy McCormick married Jesse Peden and together they farmed the area that now encompasses a portion of the park.

DNR says the springhouse is off a trail at the park near Spencer, about 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis.

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