Released August 23, 2016

State Historic Site to ‘Murder on the Whitewater Canal’


Contact: Anne Fairchild, 812.273.4531, [email protected]

METAMORA, Ind. – The public is invited to grab their detective hats for Murder on the Whitewater Canal, an interactive Murder Mystery on Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17.

The mystery, beginning in downtown Metamora, Ind., will be hosted by Whitewater Canal and the Whitewater Canal Byway Association.

“This is an official Bicentennial Legacy Project that will take place during the same weekend as the Torch Relay through Franklin County,” said Candy Yurcak, director of the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway. “We wanted to celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial by shining a spotlight on our region’s fascinating canal era. What better way than making it a backdrop for a fun whodunit-style mystery game?”

The year is 1848 and the townsfolk of Metamora are celebrating the new Whitewater Canal president aboard the Ben Franklin III Canal Boat. Tragedy strikes when shots ring out and a body is found. Participants will help track down the killer while learning about the historical towns along the primary route of the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway.

Wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres will begin on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Ben Franklin II Canal Boat with the action beginning at 7 p.m. Participants will receive a Detective’s Booklet with a list of suspects to be questioned at each location, a schedule, directions and community information.

On Saturday, participants will kick off at 8 a.m. to collect clues at stops along the canal including Lawrenceburg, Harrison, Brookville, Metamora, Connersville and Cambridge City, before meeting back at the park. Doors open at the Old Depot at 6 p.m. with dinner and the big reveal at 7 p.m.

Wine and tastings will be provided by Ertel Cellars Winery, J&J Winery and Legacy Lane Vineyard. Music will be provided by Sam Shuck.

This program is sponsored by the Franklin County Welcome Center.

Mention Mystery12 for hotel discounts for this weekend listed at under upcoming events.

Tickets are $40 per person and available to adults only. RSVP is required by contacting the WCBA office at 765.647.2541. For details, please contact Anne Fairchild at 812.273.4531 or [email protected].

About the Whitewater Canal Byway Association
The Whitewater Canal Byway Association is a 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit organization organized in 2005. Its work is carried on by volunteers that share the desire that this generation and future generations remember and appreciate the rich history of the Valley. The Byway route leads travelers to the small towns that played an important role in the settlement of the region. The Association features local merchants and artisans that continue and preserve this legacy.

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Whitewater Canal State Historic Site is located off U.S. 52 in Metamora. Part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Whitewater Canal takes you back to the glory days of the canals. Water wheels and canal boats give you glimpse into pioneer life before railroads and modern transportation. For more information, call 765.647.6512 or visit