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In celebration of the state's bicentennial, the Grouseland Foundation's board of directors has solicited the help of gunsmith Marvin Kemper to recreate an exact replica of the Grouseland Rifle originally crafted by the Indiana Territory's first sheriff, Col. John Small.

The 200-year-old gun, which Grouseland officials believe may have been Small's own personal rifle, has been on display at Grouseland, home to 9th U.S. President William Henry Harrison, since 2004 and was declared the official state gun in 2012 by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

The replica gun, which Kemper expects to have finished by next spring, will travel the country to generate interest in the state's bicentennial until it is auctioned off here in Vincennes in September of 2016. Its stops will include bicentennial celebrations all over the state as well major events like the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Louisville, Kentucky, in May. Read the entire story here.

Learn more about the rifle and its history here.
Lisa Ice-Jones, the Grouseland Foundation's executive director and gunsmoth Marvin Kemper examine the Grouseland Rifle.
Grouseland is one of the 50 most historic home in America--list comprised of the most beloved and storied historic homes from each state.

The list of 25 must-see buildings in Indiana is a result of USA Travel and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Did you know Our staircase was inspired by the central stairway at George Washington's Mt. Vernon home?

Harrison's father, Benjamin V was a Founding Father of the country

Grouseland is the home of the Indiana State Rifle

Only two U.S. Presidents founded a college. Harrison's Vincennes University is the oldest college in Indiana and also oldest west of the Allegheny's and north of the Ohio.

The inaugural Harrison Leadership Legacy Camp will be next summer (2018) at Grouseland and the Vincennes University Campus. Watch for more details.
Parks and Recreation visited Grouseland on January 20th. Read more.
William Heath, author of William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest will be speaking at the GRC Auditorium on April 15th at 6:00pm. Here is Heath speaking with Grouseland Foundation Board members Shirley Rose and Nancy Lawless prior to Grouseland's Annual Dinner, 2014. At that time Heath spoke about his book Blacksnake's Path, The True Adventures of William Wells. For more information call 812-882-2096. The true history about this man caught between two cultures is fascinating.
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