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Near Charlestown in Clark County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

John Work Home and Mill

 
 
John Work Home and Mill Marker (side A) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 24, 2022
1. John Work Home and Mill Marker (side A)
Inscription.  John Work, born 1760 in Pennsylvania, came with family to Clark County, Indiana Territory circa 1804. He purchased land along Fourteen Mile Creek in 1805 and later acquired extensive property in the county. Federal-style brick home here built circa 1811. Work successfully operated grain and saw mills along the creek below, including one known as Tunnel Mill.

To power this mill, Work planned a tunnel to carry water through the limestone hill at the bend in the creek below. The 1833 Indiana Gazetteer provided a description: 5 men worked for 2˝ years and used 650 pounds of gunpowder to blast a tunnel 314 feet long, 6 feet deep, and 5 feet wide. John Work died in 1832; he is buried nearby in the family cemetery.
 
Erected 2012 by Indiana Historical Bureau • Descendants of John Work. (Marker Number 10.2012.1.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1811.
 
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28.889′ N, 85° 37.558′ W. Marker is near Charlestown, Indiana, in Clark County. Marker is on Tunnel Mill Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3709 Tunnel Mill Rd, Charlestown IN 47111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fern Grove and Rose Island Resorts (approx. 2˝ miles away); Site of Green Tree Tavern (approx. 3.1 miles away); Downs House (approx. 3.1 miles away); First Masonic Capital of Indiana (approx. 3.2 miles away); Grave of Jonathan Jennings (approx. 3.2 miles away); Mary Garrett Hay (approx. 3.3 miles away); Indiana State Parks: The First 100 Years 1916-2016 (approx. 3.6 miles away); Rose Island (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlestown.
 
Regarding John Work Home and Mill. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Its nomination form is not available online.
 
Also see . . .  John Work House and Mill Site. Wikipedia entry on the site, now part of the Tunnel Mill Scout Reservation. (Submitted on September 28, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
John Work Home and Mill Marker (side B) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 24, 2022
2. John Work Home and Mill Marker (side B)
John Work Home and Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 24, 2022
3. John Work Home and Mill Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 112 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 28, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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