Now, after 85 years, the garden still welcomes tourists from all over the world to see the intricate creations inside what Hartman’s wife, Mary, called a “garden of love.”
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2. George Rogers Clark Park
George Rogers Clark Park, Springfield (Courtesy of iWitness 7 Contributor Eric Wright)
The George Rogers Clark Park has a unique history, set on the site where the Battle of Peckuwe was fought and won by Clark in 178re0 near the end of the Revolutionary War.
Now the park, which can be found at 936 South Tecumseh Road, plays host to a quiet atmosphere with many natural trails, scenic waterways, and an open lake. The park is also the site of the Fair at New Boston every Labor Day weekend, which allows visitors to enjoy an 18th Century atmosphere and learn about the history of the time.
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3. The Pennsylvania House
The Pennsylvania House at 1311 W. Main Street. The Springfield Historic Landmarks Commission passed a resolution of support for a special panel to identify a list of potential buildings and sites for designation as local landmarks. The Pennsylvannia House is already designated a local landmark. Bill Lackey/Staff
Credit: Bill Lackey
Credit: Bill Lackey
The Pennsylvania House, originally constructed in 1839, was a vital part of the National Road before trains became a major option for settling the western frontier. Travelers used the site to rest on their journeys, and the inn there is said to have housed famous historical figures such as Charles Dickens and James K. Polk.
It is now part of the National Historic Register and operates as a museum located at 1311 W. Main Street and houses many artifacts of the past, from an extensive button collection to its own architecture. The museum is only open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from March through December and is closed on all major holidays. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for students.
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