Nashville Journals

Taking a Break in Brown County

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A September 2012 trip to Nashville by two cruisers

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Quote: Brown County started as a failed pioneer agricultural community. Converted to a State Park and allowing nature to take its course around Nashville, it soon flourished as an artist colony.

Brown County State Park

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Attraction | "Went for the Scenery but Loved the Lodge"

Brown County State Park Photo, Nashville, Indiana
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Our intention was to arrive in the park during full Fall color. We forgot that Brown County is a lot further South than our home in Central Iowa. That means the cooler Fall temperatures hadn't gotten here yet to start the color change. However we found other interests.Entering the park you drive through an 1830 built double covered bridge. We have seen other covered bridges across the country, but this was a first. The drive through the timbered park was pleasant. We saw cabins that are rented out. Each had a cartoon character posted to identify it.Our first stop was at the Abe Martin Lodge. We found out this is possibly the only state park lodge named after a cartoon characte...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2012

Brown County State Park
1405 State Road 46 West
Nashville, Indiana 47448
(812) 988-6406

Shopping, the #1 Activity in Nashville.

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Our Favorite Store Photo, Nashville, Indiana
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Brown County was formed from the aborted pioneer agriculture efforts of four different counties. The clear cut hills soon erroded and starvation ensued. Once the true beauty of the area was restored, artists flocked to the region where they could buy land cheap and had a nice view also. The little settlement of Nashville finally prospered with the advent of tourism. Tourists love art colonies.Althought the country roads are full of artists studios and galleries, Nashville is the heart of the shopping district. And Van Buren Street is the heart of Nashville. We stayed in Nashville a week and each day we spent some time browsing the shops.There is a variety to choose from. We wer...Read More

T.C. Steele State Historic Site

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Attraction | "Born in Indiana, Trained in Europe"

T.C. Steele State Historic Site Photo, Nashville, Indiana
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T.C. Steele bought a chunk of land in Brown County to retreat and concentrate on his art. Born in Indiana, he was a natural talent, but raised money from Indiana sponsers to further his studies in Europe. There he studied portraiture in the school of Rembrant. But before returning to America he spent time with a new group of painters, the Impressionists. When he did return he had to pay back his debts by painting portraits of all his sponsors. He did earn a good living this way also, but yearned to return to Impressionism. He and his younger second wife Selma moved to this abandoned farm and the house they called House of the Singing Winds. The house sits on atop a ridge, at the time it had unob...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2012

T.C. Steele State Historic Site
4220 T.C. Steele Road
Nashville, Indiana
(812) 988-2785

Antique Shopping in Brown County

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Bloomington Antique Mall Photo, Nashville, Indiana
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Always check the brochure rack in your hotel lobby. In amongst the waterpark, miniture golf and biggest ball of twine suggestions you may find something unique. This trip we found a lovely art gallery and a brochure titled "Antique Locator Nashville Indiana."In brief the art gallery is called "The Brown County Art Gallery" and is located on the East end of Main Street. There is a large parking area which is free and admission is free, or free-will offering. Brown County has been an artist's colony for many many years, this gallery holds a quality collection made up of current works and early pieces. The four of us wandered the several rooms at our own pace and then met up near the lobby. W...Read More

Pioneer Village Museum

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Attraction | "Unusual log structures highlight this complex."

Pioneer Village Museum Photo, Nashville, Indiana
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The Pioneer Village Museum is only open on weekends and holidays May through October. We had been in town since Monday and each time we passed the area our curiosity was piqued. At last Saturday arrived and we started our tour. For a nominal fee we were given a guidebook of the complexs which included interesting personalized stories. The first building we entered was a dog trot log cabin with two rooms on the ground floor with a large open space in between. The East room was a wonderful display of looms, spinning wheels and natural dyed yarns. The West room contained a gift shop. Upstairs was a huge room that ran the whole length of the building. One side was a museum of pioneer furnishings a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2012

Pioneer Village Museum
Old School Way
Nashville, Indiana
(812) 988-2899