Dogwood Tour is how it all started | News

Courtesy of Betty Cash


In April 1962, Perry County Recreation, a subcommittee of the Perry County Long Range Planning Committee, announced its first major tourism project of 1962.

It will be a Dogwood tour of the county.

This tour was voted on at a subcommittee meeting in Troy.

The tour will take place on Sunday, May 6, 1962.

The tour will follow routes drawn on a map prepared by committee member Lloyd Whittmer. The cards were printed for distribution.

The DOGWOOD tour started in Troy. It started from this community at 12:30 p.m. and will end there in the late afternoon. Scenic and historical stops were made.

People gathered in Troy where refreshments and food were served on the grounds of St. Pius Church.

Those who went there visited the magnificent sights of Camp Koch for handicapped children, the grave of Robert Fulton’s brother, Abraham Fulton, located in the Troy Cemetery and other historic sites. Reverend Eugene Weidman, pastor of St. Pius Church in Troy was the chairman of the committee.

That’s how it all started – in the early years it always started in Troy as a road trip through Perry County. Buses were even brought in for people to get on. Families piled into cars and loaded them up as much as possible so everyone could join in on the tour.

As it became popular, Cannelton, Rome and Leopold began hosting events in their communities. In the past, they even had several Grand Parade Marshals in Perry County.

Now the Dogwood Tour is called Perry County Dogwood Festival/Event and it is no longer a tour through Perry County, but an event is several communities where people gather to listen to music, eat a wonderful meal prepared, visiting friends or simply shopping with local vendors.

But if you want to get out and drive around to see the beautiful Dogwoods, the best places are Highway 37 north of Tell City. Highway 66 south of Rocky Point and Highway 166 south of Rocky Point.

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It’s time to get out into the fresh air and feast your eyes on miles of dogwoods and red trees in full bloom. At the same time, you can eat and shop in Perry County.

The Dogwood Festival began in 1962 as a celebration of spring with group tours organized by the late Eugene Weidman of St. Pius Catholic Church traveling from Troy to Rome, Indiana, where women from the Methodist Church of Rome prepared dinners and served sassafras tea.

Over the years the festival has changed many times and many events have taken place during Dogwood Weekend!

TROY: Saturday, April 23

• Auto Show from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the front of the Troy River

All makes and models are welcome. Half pot raffles, food vendors, door prizes and free admission.

Pre-registration is $15.00 Register the day of the show $20.00

Pre-registration at: [email protected]

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to fund the Troy, Indiana Kids Park.

TROY: Sunday April 24

Where it all started!

The ladies of St. Pius Church will once again prepare their famous Chicken & Dumplings dinners.

Dinners will be take-out only and service will begin at 11 a.m. while supplies last.

They will also be selling pint and pint chicken and dumplings.

They plan to set up a table outside weather permitting and sell raffle tickets on a quilt that they will raffle off.

For any questions, please call Jean Krutz at 812-719-8318.

Don’t forget to go to Christ of Ohio and enjoy the beautiful view of the Ohio River! This statue has a great story.

Walk past the beautiful historic Riverplace located at 300 Water Street. Formerly known as Nester House, this historic building has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1990.

The lot was purchased in 1841 by John G. Heinzle and this local sandstone block Greek Revival building was built soon after as a grocery store/residence.

During construction, Heinzle had a tunnel dug from the cellar to a barn two blocks north of Troy. This served as a link on the underground railroad system and many slaves found refuge here. The cellar was filled in in the 1960s, but in 1998 Jim and Joyce Efinger found the tunnel.

Heingle died in 1871 and his widow Elizabeth later married Jacob Nester who enlarged the structure and then reopened it as a hotel with an elegant dining room and bar downstairs to accommodate the busy waterfront traffic. River.

The owners of Riverplace are Daniel & Jane (Efinger) Hayden. Jane’s parents, Jim and Joyce Efinger, bought the house in 1988 and in 1995 built a residence on the second floor.

Tell City: Saturday, April 23

• Artisans/Vendors Show at the American Legion, 1912 Main Street, Tell City.

Don’t miss this opportunity to browse dozens of handmade craft stalls under one roof.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, please call the American Legion at 812-547-8201.

• Train rides on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Outlaw train robbery.

For train tickets, call 812-548-6848 or their website

Other Tell City sights to see while driving:

• Sunset Park flood murals

• Statue of William Tell and his son in the town hall park

• William Tell Antiques — 302 9th Street 812-548-0640

• Tell City Historical Society Sunday, April 24

548 Ninth St.

The museum will be open to visitors from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Come discover the local history.

• Dixon & Dixon auctions on Saturday 23 April

8621 SR 37 City of Tell

Lots of pottery and antiques of all kinds. Check their website for all the details.

• the cellar at the bottom of the barrel

606 Main Street, Town of Tell

Listen to live music at this cellar and wine cellar located in downtown Tell City. Hours 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Perry County Fairgrounds SUNDAY — APRIL 24

99 Roy Fenn Drive, Tell City

• Dogwood breakfast

On Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., they will serve you an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet!

Serve cookies and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice and more!

They will have outdoor and indoor seating and will also offer curbside pickup.

For more information, call Patty at 812-719-9245 or check out their Facebook page @ Perry County Fairgrounds.

Cannelton: SUNDAY APRIL 24

• Perry County Museum

125 Seventh Street Cannelton

Meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy the historical museum and its old photographs and artifacts. For information, please contact Brandi Hess at 812-549-5954

• Cannelton cotton mill

Pass the Cotton Mill on Washington Street. It was once one of the largest buildings west of the Alleghenies. It is made of hewn sandstone blocks one meter wide. The building cost $80,000 when it was constructed in 1849-1851. The mill has five stories and 100-foot-tall twin towers and was one of the city’s main industries for nearly 100 years and the state’s largest employer from 1848 to 1849. A variety of materials in fabric were produced there.

Perry County Parks and Recreation Eagles Bluff Overlook Park located at 5250 E SR 66 is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eagles Bluff overlooks the Ohio River and the Cannelton Locks and Dams. Spectacular view while watching the boats lock through the dam.


• Blue Heron Winery Saturday and Sunday

Visit this beautiful winery and relax on their porch – don’t forget to look for a passing eagle.

Taste their different wines. Be sure to check out the Celtic Cross carving on the winery property.

For Dogwood Weekend “Enjoy wine tasting and spring sangria with views of the Ohio River, visit the Celtic Cross, and hike the nearby trails.

• Shubael Little Pioneer Village — Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24

The Village is located at 7590 E. State Road 66, Cannelton.

Step back in time and join us at a time when things were less rushed and more relaxed. Experience a way of life that once was. Visit several historic cabins, the Mercantile and the Millstone one-room schoolhouse. Guides in appropriate attire will be on hand to share the treasures of the Village with you.

Hours — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ROME — Sunday, April 24

• Palace of Justice in Rome

The Rome Community Center and the Methodist Church of Rome present a fun event for the whole family!

Fried chicken dinners include mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, and dessert. Service begins at 11:30 a.m.

Shop at their Ole County store

Live music by Ryan Pfeifer from 11:30 a.m.

Guided tour of old Rome from 1:00 p.m.

Concessions, craft stalls and market vendors

Demonstrations and photo booth.


• Vineyard Winzerwald

26300 N Indian Lake Road, Bristow


Opening hours Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check out the Wein Kitchen located inside the Winzerwald Winery Tasting Room, the restaurant will feature April Easter Ham and Corned Beef Flatbread. Taste many wine flavors such as Gewürztraminer, Catawba Rose, Riesling, Little Rhineland White and Indulgence Port Style Rose. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


• Sunday April 25, travel to Léopold and enjoy the day at Parc Léopold and the Boutique de Guillaume!

Grilled Chicken Dinners will be sold from 10 a.m. while supplies last!

Desserts will be provided by the park association.

Jed Guillaume will play music from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the day at Leopold!

In case of bad weather, entertainment will take place in the gymnasium.

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• Leopold Memorial Park

Grilled Port Chops Dinners

Dinners start selling at 11 a.m.

Proceeds will go to the Perry Central football team.

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