The Bird Sanctuary was the first land purchased of the "new" Limberlost Territories. A group of farsighted people who made up the Limberlost Conservation Association (LCA) purchased 12.4 acres on the jay County side of County Line Road. The year was 1947. The LCA also purchased the Limberlost Cabin from Chloe Price on December 31 1946 and donated it to the state.
The Friends of the Limberlost became involved with the preserve in 1997, twenty years ago.
Ken Brunswick wrote about the Bird Sanctuary in chapter 11 of his new book "Limberlost Born Again: A Lifetime to Restore Gene Stratton-Porter's Limberlost." In 1999, Ken began managing the preserve. A parking lot and a trail was created. Ken retired in December 2013 and Ben Hess now has ken's position of East Central Regional Ecologist.
Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from Decatur, Berne, and Portland have worked on projects here. A number of individuals and companies have donated time and money to the preserve.
In 2014, Melissa Fey, purchased native plants from Riverview Nursery and redid the flower beds in the parking lot. She faithfully watered and weeded the beds. Melissa has since joined the Friends of the Limberlost board as secretary.
Over the years, Many hands have helped build Limberlost State Historic Site and created the Limberlost Territories that is around Geneva today. Do you have a Limberlost story? We know there are people in the area that gave so much of their time and talent and we would like to hear your story. Eagle Scouts --we would like to hear about your projects.