Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

for educators

Water Wheels and Grist Mill

Experience the Metamora Grist Mill to discover the mill’s history from its beginnings to today and see for yourself how the mill grinds corn into flour, meal and grits – just as it has since the 1800s! Plus, explore our transportation discovery space and learn how Hoosiers used to move from here to there on our wooden canal and train table, chart your course throughout Indiana with an interactive map or pack a model canal boat full of crates and merchandise before its journey to Cincinnati.

Early Transportation

1800's engineering

simple machines

10973 Main St, Metamora, IN 47030, USA

School Group Tours

K-Grade 12

Admission is FREE for pre-registered, accredited schools or homeschool groups of 10 or more K-12 students. Free admission includes teachers and bus drivers, plus one additional adult chaperone per every five students. Additional chaperones pay the group admission rate of $4/person. Members of the Indiana Association of Homeschool Educators receive free daily admission with proof of membership.

Contact site for non-Indiana student rate.

Pre-registration required at least two weeks in advance.

School group doing rope tying demonstration at Whitewater Canal State Historic Site

Ropemaking demonstration is available for an additional $2 per student, no additional fee for teachers or chaperones. Students will get to learn about ropemaking and watch as staff operate a genuine historical ropemaking machine. The ropemaking demonstration must be booked during field trip registration.

Indiana Academic Standards: Social Studies: K.1.2, K.3.1, K.4.1, K.4.2, 1.1.1. 1.1.6, 1.3.4, 1.3.9, 1.4.1, 1.4.2, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.3.3, 2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.4, 2.4.5, 2.4.7, 2.4.8, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.6, 3.1.8, 3.3.13, 3.4.2, 3.4.3, 3.4.4, 4.1.6, 4.1.9, 4.3.8, 4.3.9, 4.4.1, 4.4.2, 4.4.3, 5.3.7, 5.3.13, 5.4.3, 5.4.4, 6.1.14, 6.1.15, 6.1.19, 6.3.13, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 6.4.4, 6.4.7, 8.1.30, 8.3.7, 8.4.3, 8.4.5, 8.4.6, 8.4.10, E.1.1, E.8.1, IS.4.1, IS.1.8, IS.1.9, IS.3.4, IS.3.5, IS.4.1, IS.4.3, IS.4.4, IS.5.11; Science: K.PS.1, K.PS.2, K-2.E.1, 3.PS.2, 4.PS.3, 4.PS.1, Env.1.2, Env.2.2, Env.1.7

Explore Programs

We offer hands-on, exploratory and interactive programs on a variety of topics that provide your students a fun way to learn about Indiana’s people, places and things. Our programs fulfill select Indiana Academic Standards.


Length: 30 minutes
Fee: Free
Pre-registration is required at least one week in advance.

Whitewater Canal State Historic Site


2023 dates: Nov. 14, Dec. 12
2024 dates: Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 12, April 9, May 14

The use of canals in the early 19th-century was important to the growth of the United States. Built between 1836 and 1863, the Whitewater Canal was meant to bring Indiana’s goods and produce to a wider audience. Students will learn how the canal was engineered using locks and an aqueduct bridge to cross the hilly terrain of southeastern Indiana. Q&A to follow. School is required to provide internet access, Zoom application, camera and projection screen.

Indiana Academic Standards: Social Studies: 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.6, 3.3.13, 3.4.2, 3.4.3, 4.1.6, 4.1.9, 4.3.8, 4.3.9, 4.4.1, 4.4.3, 5.3.7, 5.3.13, 5.4.4, 6.1.19, 6.3.13, 6.4.1, 6.4.2, 8.1.30, 8.3.7, 8.4.3, 8.4.5, IS.1.4, IS.4.1, IS.1.8, IS.1.9, IS.3.4, IS.3.5, IS.4.1, IS.4.4, IS.5.11

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