Historical Society winners named

Photo provided to the Times Observer Nikki Atkins, left, and Beth Ingerson, right, were presented with the winning prize from the Warren County Trail of History Challenge by Society Board Secretary Marcia Kleinert.

The challenge for the Warren County Historical Society is to connect county residents to the rich heritage we have in this area.

The Trails of History scavenger hunt aimed to do just that.

Historical Society Managing Director Michelle Gray said the Society’s Education Committee put the hunt together “for participants to find a dozen locations within Warren County by following the clues.”

All participants had from Memorial Day to Labor Day to solve the clues, find the locations and file answer sheets with the Historical Society. Prize winners were Beth Ingerson and Nikki Atkins.

“Both ladies decided to team up for the challenge by first spending time solving the clues and then in one day drove to each site to find the answers,” Gray said. “They were extremely grateful for the experience and are excited to see what the Warren County Historical Society creates for next year’s challenge.”

“I’ve lived in Warren County all of my life and learned a great deal from the experience,” Atkins said. “My favorite historic site was the Old Whitestown Cemetery and the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed’s first orchard. It gave me goosebumps while visiting the site and it gives me goosebumps just talking about it.”

Ingerson said her favorite spot was the Cynthia Catlin Miller state historical marker outside of Sugar Grove.

“I had no idea that the Underground Railroad ran through Warren County,” she said. “We took my 9-year-old son with us and he really enjoyed locating the answers to the clues.”

Gray thanked Whirley-DrinkWorks and the Warren County Visitors Bureau for donations to help the challenge “a great success.” She added that the Society appreciates “the enthusiasm by which the event was received.”

While the drawing has taken place, the challenge is still available while supplies last.

“Warren County’s historic legacy is something that we can all be inspired by and proud to be a part of,” Gray said.

The Warren County Trail of History Challenge is still available at 210 Fourth Ave., Warren, while supplies last.


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