Indian Orchard

This legend begins back in 1763 on the banks of the Wabash River near where the Terre Haute Water Works plant is located. There existed a village of Delaware Indians who once called this area home. Among the tribe members was a young white woman named Lena. She had been abducted from her parents when she was a small child on an attack on a white settlement in Pennsylvania. There came a time when all white captives were to be returned to their original families. The Shawnees chose a young brave named Nemo to travel to all the villages along the Wabash River to tell the tribes the news that all white captives must be set free. He was to take them back to their original homes.

Nemo came to the village near Fort Harrison and brought the news to the chief. Lena had been reared by the chief as one of his own children. With great sorrow, Lena was asked to leave her Indian home and return with Nemo along with ten other captives. They traveled to Delaware where the Shawnee and Seneca tribes handed over all white captives to the United States Government. Nemo had fallen in love with the light haired Lena and she with him. The only life she had known was that of the tribe and she longed to return to both her home along the Wabash and to Nemo. Though her biological parents had passed away, Lena had brothers and sisters who welcomed her back. In the fall of 1674, Lena became of age where she could chose her own way of life. Pennsylvania law didn't allow marriage between whites and Indians, but Nemo returned for Lena and they slipped away one night to return home together. Once back in nature, they took a vow of marriage before the Great Spirit and became husband and wife

It was winter by the time they returned to what is now Terre Haute. Their return was not joyful. A feud with another tribe had wiped out her adoptive family and the village had been destroyed. Nemo and Lena chose to stay here and start a new life for themselves. Nemo's axe helped to provide shelter and his bow provided food and clothes. In the spring of 1675, Lena planted some apple seeds she had brought along near their wigwam. They began a happy life together in their isolated home.

Years later, on an Autumn evening, Nemo saw 5 warriors from the enemy Miamia tribe approaching his home. Taking his bow and axe, he went forth to protect his home, his wife, and their new born son. Nemo was able to kill 3 of the attackers before being brought down by enemy arrows. Lena grabbed her son and ran towards the 2 remaining men. She threw her son into the arms of the men and buried her own knife deep into her heart. She fell dead onto her husband. The Miamis chose to spare the child of such a brave woman. Nemo and Lena were buried near their home. The little son was taken into the Miami tribe. When the young warrior learned of his past, he returned to the Shawnees and joined his father's tribe. He was with Tecumseh when the treaty with General Harrison was formed. He was in the Battle of Tippecanoe and was killed alongside of Tecumseh at the Battle of the Thames.

The apple trees were bearing fruit when white men started to settle this part of the nation. The apple trees are all that remain of the once happy family.