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Recreational Activities & Tours

Spouse Program

  • Sunday, April 25
  • Monday, April 26
  • Tuesday, April 27

New for 2021, please join spouses from across the country for a Spouses Program. The program will start on  with a tour to Red Wolf Sanctuary where participants will walk the grounds and see various wildlife from bald eagles to wolves and bears. This will be followed by a tour of Historic Hillforest Mansion and a tea. Join your spouse for the Bilby Tower presentation and dinner in Osgood, Indiana.

 includes the conference keynote speaker and breakfast with conference participants and then breaks off to tour a nearby Alpaca Farm and Feed Mill. Lunch will be at Whiskeys Restaurant in downtown Lawrenceburg. The afternoon activities will consist of candle making and an antipasto buffet.

The spouse’s program will conclude on with a tour of the Great Crescent Brewery in downtown Aurora. The tour will include basket making and lunch.

We hope that you will come and relax in Southeast Indiana with us and enjoy some of the attractions that we have to offer. A detailed agenda is forthcoming.

  • Spouse Program (includes Billby Tower) | $250

Technical Tour

Sunday, April 25

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

A Bilby tower is a type of steel survey tower used by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1927 to 1984. It is named after Jasper S. Bilby who designed it in 1926. In 1927, Herbert Hoover, the then Secretary of Commerce commended Bilby's tower "for its cost and time efficiency" and cited the surveyor's service as "essential to the United States government."

The last remaining tower at St. Charles Parish, Louisiana was dismantled by the Surveyors Historical Society (SHS) in 2012 and re-erected in 2013 at the Osgood Trails Park in Osgood, Indiana, the birth town of Bilby.

  • Billby Tower Tour | $59
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