A recent real estate transaction ensures that Hoosiers will long remember Edgar Whitcomb, a colorful, energetic former governor of Indiana.
Whitcomb, a native of Hayden in Jennings County and who once called Seymour home before being elected Indiana secretary of state in 1966 and governor in 1968, has sold his home and property along the Ohio River to the state.
Sale of the secluded, rustic retreat enlarges Whitcomb’s legacy to the state. He’s agreed to sell the 144-acre site in Perry County so it can become part of a nature trust.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources said Monday that it and Whitcomb agreed on a purchase price of $300,000, about half of the appraised value for the property. The land is surrounded by the Hoosier National Forest, which stretches across much of southern Indiana, including Jackson County.
Hoosiers will know the property as the Edgar Whitcomb Nature Park and Retreat. It will become part of the Bicentennial Nature Trust created by Gov. Mitch Daniels to mark the state’s 200th birthday in 2016.
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