A Naturalist and novelist. She was was also possibly the most popular author in the United States and one of the best known nature photographers in the world until World War I. Between 1903 and 1924 she authored nine nature studies and twelve novels. A Girl of the Limberlost (1909) is perhaps the best remembered of her novels. Owing to Porter's popularity, eight were eventually made into movies.

Today the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historical Site (named Limberlost North) in the Indiana forest is a tourist attraction and a tribute, of sorts. More than 40,000 people visit it annually. The museum is on 20 of the 150 acres Porter originally owned.

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