Her legacy still lives on today. Thousands of fans and curious visitors, who may not be familiar with her work, visit her two former homes in Indiana. They learn that the main purpose of Mrs. Porter’s novels is to focus the reader’s attention on the importance of the natural world. The main characters in her books discover that nature has spiritual and restorative powers. Read one of her books, and it is easy to see why Gene Stratton-Porter’s popularity as a writer made her a leading spokesperson for the early conservation movement in America.
Today the Limberlost State Historic Site is available for anyone interested in learning more about the cultural history of this area, including the life story of Gene Stratton-Porter and her connection to the Limberlost Swamp. Visitors can also enjoy natural history opportunities as they hike the wetland trails and when they visit the new Wetland Education Center located in the carriage house at the Limberlost Site.
Mrs. Porter’s books and movies still have a popular appeal. The following description from the pages of From Ben-Hur to Sister Carrie by Barbara Morrow shows the impact Gene Stratton-Porter can still deliver. “Today a new generation of readers is embracing Stratton-Porter’s ecological message. People concerned about the environment are finding that her warnings against draining wetlands, destroying vegetation, and upsetting the balance of nature have special relevance in our modern age—especially as Americans struggle to clean up polluted rivers, purify dirty air, save animals from extinction, and avoid a much feared energy crisis.”
The life of Gene Stratton-Porter is a model for the power of self-determination and perseverance. Her novels and nature studies and her tireless effort to spread the message about our connection to the natural world still have a positive impact on many people around the world and continue to help us see the need to be better stewards of the environment.