1205 Pleasant Point
Gene Stratton-Porter was one of Indiana’s most revered writers at the turn of the 20th century, as well as one of the country’s first nature photographers. Her novels engendered an appreciation of nature at a time when losses of natural areas — such as her beloved Limberlost Swamp — were accelerating. The Porters built their second home, the “Cabin in Wildflower Woods,” on Sylvan Lake in 1913. The site’s forest provided a rich source of material for her nature studies, writing and photography. Concerned with the loss of the state’s native plants, she planted wildflowers from across Indiana in her wildflower gardens. A variety of gardens, an arbor, an orchard and many scenic paths are still intact on the 125-acre site.