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Grove On Top Possum Hill

· Worden, Madison, Illinois
4 acres hosted by Karmen C.
4 tent sites
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The Legend of Possum Hill is an old one. Most likely named thus even before the settlers arived in St. Louis. Before the great expansion west and before the Gateway Arch graced the sky. Wild was the west and animals roamed at will never having seen a man. The acient Indian tribe of Cahokia once had its own travelers who left their mounded cities of pyramids to explore and hunt for new adventure. It was on one of these travels a great storm arose from the spring sky bringing ice down from the heavens. The Indian party was hard pressed to find shelter from such turbulent winds, rain and it was even claimed they witnessed some snow blended in as well well! This particular spring the waters had risen quite high . With this latest storm the creeks and rivers were rushing over their banks. The Indians knew they had to find high ground. They knew they would only be safe in a shelter high enough the raging waters could not breach. Just when they were giving up hope for a suitable place they passed through a low lands grove treading through ankle deep waters when the land started to rise. And rise it did! Up they went up a steep climb and as they crested they found a large grove of hickories, Sycamore and Oak trees. The Indians prized such trees for their strong hard wood and towering hight. They found safety within them and upon chance several hollows in the ancient trees and quickly sheltered themselves in pairs. They weathered until the suns golden rays stretched accross the small pond. In one hollow a young Indian stirred and and he and his companion left their shelter. Reaching back into the tree they grabbed their packs and found hidden behind them, a family of possums who also hIad hid from the storm. Upon return to Cahokia the young Indian told of their travels and remembering the sheltering family of marsupials, he named the place in their honnor because they shared their shelter. And that is the Legend of Possum Hill. Learn more about this land: 4 acres with scattered hickory and oak trees with a small fruit orchard in front of an acre size pond. Plenty of space to have a private camp site and enjoy the sounds of nature. Have a sit by the pond or relax in the shade. The evening could be spent grilling or sitting around the fire ring. Perfect for travelers just wishing for a place to stay while an event is in town or just a place to rest their head on the way through. 16 mies from SIUE and Edwardsvile 45 minutes from most of St. Louis. Far enough out in the country but close enough to the city to not miss out on the fun.
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294 ratings · 125 reviews
Amy C.recommends
April 15, 2024
Site 4 - Contryside Escape
Very peaceful, very beautiful spot, loved being in the country next to the pond. Very nice place to unwind and get away from city noise.
Susan L.recommends
April 3, 2024
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
The property was beautiful, quiet and the host was very helpful and friendly! I liked that they sell firewood bundles and eggs too!
Melissa D.recommends
March 23, 2024
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
What a great place to stay! We had our fire already going for us..So beautiful and even Fred( I called him that) the rooster was cool....Loved it and highly recommend
Christina W.recommends
February 18, 2024
Site 1 - Contryside Escape
Karmen and her family were incredibly helpful through leading to and during our trip! It snowed more than we anticipated and we didn't end up staying the whole time but they were incredibly understanding. We got some delicious eggs!
A.J. W.recommends
January 1, 2024
Site 2 - Contryside Escape
Kind hosts, nice little pond area; definitely buy some eggs to make breakfast!
Lily M.recommends
December 27, 2023
Site 4 - Contryside Escape
Great quiet location outside of Saint Louis, easy to find and a peaceful stay!
Worden, Madison, Illinois, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of 𐓏𐒰𐓓𐒰𐓓𐒷 𐒼𐓂𐓊𐒻 𐓆𐒻𐒿𐒷 𐓀𐒰^𐓓𐒰^(Osage), O-ga-xpa Ma-zhoⁿ (O-ga-xpa) (Quapaw), Myaamia, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kaskaskia, and Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Karmen C.Joined in April 2018
Response rate: 100%
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