Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s Outdoor Center, has a rich and interesting history. It is thanks to the generosity of the Bradford family, who called this area home in the late 1800s and early 1900s, that we are Indiana’s largest preserved natural area outside the state and national park systems, and a national and international leader in outdoor education and summer camp programming! Click here to read through Bradford Woods’ history:
- The Early Years (1860-1880)
- A Great Discovery (1880-1900)
- Prosperity (1900-1930)
- Leaving a Legacy (1930-1950)
- Bradford Woods Today (1950-)
Below you can also view a brief (5-minute) video about the history of the Bradfords, created by an IU student.