State Park Scenic Tour
Friday, June 7 — 10 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Sunday, June 9 — 10 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Maximum Jeep Participants: 120
New in 2019: The State Park Scenic Tour will feature three interesting sites in Butler County. Participants will drive on scenic back roads to three different stops where they will be met by State Park Staff or North Country Trail Association (NCTA) representatives. The activities are geared for all ages, and Jeeps will not be driving off-road at all so there are no special requirements. This is a guided tour so Jeeps must be at the staging area at the start time and will visit each stop as a group. Below you’ll find a description of the stops on this year’s tour.
The Davis Hollow Cabin, located within Moraine State Park, dates back to before the start of the American Revolution. The hand-hewn logs and hand-carved stone are examples of pioneer construction. The cabin served as a summer home for Mrs. Katherine Davis and her sister, Miss Eleanor Holt, before the park’s development. A representative from the NCTA will give a tour of the cabin and talk about its history.
Jennings Environmental Education Center is one of several state parks specifically dedicated to providing environmental education and interpretation to the community. One of the park’s main features, the 20-acre prairie ecosystem, is home to distinctive prairie plants and the endangered massasauga rattlesnake. Wil Taylor, the center manager at Jennings Environmental Education Center, will take you on a short walk to the prairie and talk about its significance to the area.
The Muddy Creek Oil Well is an award-winning restoration site of an antique oil well. The Bessemer Gas Engine and Marshall-Barr No. 19 oil well equipment is restored and open for visitors to hear, see, and smell the industry that powered this region. Volunteers from the Moraine, McConnell’s Mill and Jennings Commission (3MJC) will share a demonstration of the well and talk about the site’s history.