Baby Nana McCrary born 1897
Oldest daughter of Simeon
& Cora McCrary, Proprietors of
The Hardingsburg Inn
Today (2012) Baby Nana's great granddaughter operates the
Abbey Inn in Brown County Indiana.
In the late 1890's Hardingsburg was on the stagecoach line
from Louisville to Indianapolis.
Simeon and Cora (Suddarth) McCrary ran the Inn at Hardingsburg.
Cora McCrary was an excellent cook.
Travelers between New Albany and Vincennes appreciated the food at the Hardingsburg Inn.
Mr. McCrary was prosperous in Hardingsburg.
He drove a huckster wagon.
He knew every hill and hollar and every pike road in
Washington and Orange counties.
He visited each house and picked up the eggs,
chickens, garden produce and crafts in the area.
On Thursdays he would drive his wagon to Louisville.
On the return trip the wagon was filled with merchandise
that wasn't available in the southern Indiana hills.
Simeon McCrary ran a traveling store!
Like all small towns throughout the USA, the residents of
Hardingsburg were keenly interested in politics.
They didn't know the outcome of Presidential elections
by 7:30 on election day.
They waited for the stage coach.
it was pre-arranged with the driver.
If he came flying into town, the Republicans were victorious.
If the horses walked sedately into town the
Democrats were the winners.
The pike road was lined with people at the time the
stage was due to arrive.
The people supporting the winning ticket cheered.