Prophetstown, located near Battle Ground, was established in 2004 making it Indiana’s newest state park, yet ever rich in history. The state park was named in honor of the Native American village established there in 1808 by Tenskwatawa (otherwise known as The Prophet), a spiritual leader and the younger bother of the Shawnee tribe leader, Tecumseh. At the time, many Native American tribes were being forced with mounting government pressure to move tribes west. Tecumseh believed only by uniting many tribes could the advancement of European settlements be stopped. Tecumseh moved his Ohio band to Prophetstown and then traveled widely to persuade other tribes to unite. Ultimately, 14 tribes set aside their individual disputes and met with common resolve at the village of Prophetstown.
The governor of the Indiana Territory, William Henry Harrison, was alarmed at the large gathering at Prophetstown and sent 1,200 troops to the area while Tecumseh was away still recruiting tribes. The Prophet, fearful of an attack, decided to attack first on the morning of November 7, 1811. The battle was short lived however, as within 2 hours the tribes of Prophetstown retreated. The village was destroyed by Harrison’s troops (source StateParks.com)
Today, Prophetstown state park offers hiking, biking, camping, fishing and swimming all within the expanses of prairies, wetlands, woodlands, and rivers. The Farm at Prophetstown, located within the state park, is a 1920’s era farm which describes itself as a “world class-training farm for sustainable, low input, horse-powered agriculture.” Just another great reason to visit this state park rich with history and beauty!
Thank you to Cathy Urbanski Hayt for her photo contribution. Please visit Cathy’s Platypus Studios website to see more of her photography, woodworking, mosaic art, and fiber craft.