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Visitors can learn more about
Maj. Woodfill on driving tour

The 23-mile tour takes about 45 minutes to complete

(October 2018) – A commemorative 23-mile drive on a loop that begins and ends at the Jefferson County History Center in Madison, Ind., has been developed to honor Maj. Sam Woodfill, the most decorated soldier in World War I. 
The tour has been named “The Medal of Honor Trail” for Woodfill’s Congressional Medal of Honor that he received for his heroic actions near Cunel, France.
Robin Henderson, 77, outgoing Vice Chair of the Veterans Council, is credited with the creative idea to link all of the local Woodfill historical sites. Woodfill’s career in the military spanned from 1901 to 1944.

Photo by Sharyn Whitman

A driving tour and App has been developed for tourists wanting to learn more about Maj. Sam Woodfill.

At his death in 1951, he was first buried in a local cemetery and subsequently moved in 1955 to his final resting place of honor at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
The driving trail includes the following stops:
• The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery to see the bronze bust of Woodfill.
• The Indiana State Historical Marker at the entrance to the Jefferson Proving Grounds on Hwy. 421 just north of Madison.
• The State Historical Market at Grandview Memorial gardens near Woodfill’s childhood home.
• The Hebron Church and Cemetery where Woodfill was buried, near his parents and other family members.
• The Sam Woodfill American Legion Post 9.
• The Jefferson County Courthouse location of Maj. Woodfill and Gen. Walter Krueger memorials. Kreuger, who spent his high schools year in Madison, commanded the Sixth U.S. Army in the southwest Pacific Area during World War II. 
• Madison Bicentennial Park with banners honoring Jefferson County’s veterans and active military.
The entire trip is approximately 45 minutes of driving time. The tour time will depend on the amount of time spent visiting each historical site. A brochure is available at the History Center that includes information about each site and specific driving directions. This new historic trail is the perfect excuse for a drive through Indiana’s country roads on a beautiful fall day.

• For more information, call the History Center at (812) 265-2335.

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