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Events Announced for Limestone Month in Lawrence County, Indiana June 2023

LAWRENCE COUNTY - JUNE 7, 2023 - Events Announced for Limestone Month in Lawrence County, Indiana June 2023 Limestone Month is proudly celebrated every June in Lawrence County, Indiana.




Since the early 1800s, Lawrence County’s rich limestone quarrying and carving history has set this Indiana county apart. As a major supplier of quality limestone to the world, you’ll find Indiana limestone structures in South America, Canada, England, and of course, America. In fact, The Empire State Building in New York, Chicago’s Tribune Tower, several federal buildings in Washington D.C. including the Pentagon, and the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials are all constructed with Indiana limestone.



What makes Indiana limestone so special is its high composition of calcium carbonate. At 97% calcium carbonate, Indiana limestone is nearly chemically pure. At this high level of purity, limestone is particularly durable, low maintenance, affordable and has unmatched beauty.



Limestone was adopted by the Indiana General Assembly as the official State Stone and codified into law in 1971. Limestone Month has been celebrated annually in Lawrence County, Indiana since 2007.


2023 Limestone Month Events


June 9 – 11: CCC 90TH Anniversary


The Civilian Conservation Corps was instrumental to creating and enhancing Spring Mill State Park. In many cases, the CCC used local limestone to build features and facilities in the park. Check out LimestoneCountry.com/event/ccc for a full list of activities to commemorate their contributions.



June 14 & 28, 10 a.m.: Green Hill Cemetery Tours


On this free guided walking tour you will see intricate headstones, learn about the limestone industry’s connection to the cemetery and hear interesting stories about some who have been laid to rest there.


Call Lawrence County Tourism at (812) 849-1090 to register.


June 15 & 22, 10 a.m.: 3D Stone Tours


Take a free tour through this industry-leading limestone facility. Attendees must be over 18 and wear closed-toe shoes.


A hard hat will be provided. Limited space is available. Pre-registration is required, Call Lawrence County Tourism at (812) 849-1090 to register.



June 16 - 17: Judah Heritage Festival


The Judah Heritage Festival is a traditional annual event. Include it in your Limestone Month plans for fun Festival food, carnival rides, parade, fireworks and live entertainment.


June 17, 2 p.m.: What Do Railroads Do?


Indiana University Professor, David Nord, discusses the importance of the railroad to the local limestone industry.


This free presentation will be delivered in the Pioneer Village at Spring Mill State Park.



June 20, 9 a.m.: Indiana Limestone A Polycor Inc. Company


Tour through a premier supplier of Indiana Limestone since 1926. Attendees must be over 18 and wear closed- toe shoes. Limited space is available. Pre-registration is required.


Call Lawrence County Tourism at (812) 849-1090 to register.


June 22 & 29, 6 p.m.: Limestone & Lemonade


For $15 per participant, sip lemonade while you paint limestone keepsakes. On June 22, the location will be in Bedford.


Then on June 29, the location will be in Mitchell. Go to this link for more information and to make reservations. LimestoneCountry.com/tag/limestone-and-lemonade


June 23 – 25: 58th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil Show


At the Lawrence County Fairgrounds, see row and rows of jewelry, gems, rocks, fossils and science projects demonstrating the importance of local limestone and minerals. Admission is free.



June 23 – 24: Limestone Heritage Festival

The Limestone Month culminates during Limestone Heritage Festival on the square in downtown Bedford.


Celebrating the importance of limestone, the local community comes together for a parade, live music, food trucks, vendors, a fascinating limestone carving demonstration and fireworks.


June 23 & 24: Limestone Carving Exhibit


This is your chance to see a live limestone carving demonstration, and maybe even try it yourself! Vote for your favorite limestone piece. Free limestone rock painting for children. Free cake and punch.


Hours are 5 – 8 p.m. on June 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 24.


June 24: Limestone Volkswalk


This free guided walk winds through downtown Bedford. Discover limestone buildings, statues and landmarks.


To join the tour, meet Teena Ligman at the Hardee’s parking lot in Bedford at 9 a.m.


June 24 - 25: Limestone Weekend At Spring Mill State Park


Spring Mill State Park will celebrate the major role limestone played in creating landscapes and architecture in the park.


See demonstrations and special events.. Check out LimestoneCountry.com/event/Limestone-Weekend-2 for

the schedule of events.


June 27, 6 p.m.: Take A Stroll Through History


Take a free guided stroll through the northside district of Bedford and explore the history of this unique area.


Meet Teena Ligman and Marla Jones at the Episcopal Church, 1219 14th Street, Bedford. RSVP to Bedford Parks Dept. (812) 275-5692 by June 26th


For breaking news, news and information go to lczephyr.org or like/follow the Lawrence County Zephyr Facebook page.


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sammie
Jun 08, 2023

Bill, would you add to your post that the Lawrence County Art Association is having a Mayor's Choice Show in honor of Limestone Week. Mayor Sam Craig will select one painting from dozens for this coveted award.

The Wiley Art Gallery is on the corner of 14th and J Street, directly across from the Milwaukee Depot. We will have a reception on Saturday, June 24 from 11 am to 1 pm -- everyone is welcome to attend, view the fabulous artwork, and see which painting won the Mayor's Choice award.

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Bill Raines
Bill Raines
Jun 08, 2023
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yes where can i get more info on this FYI the story I did came from a press release

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