Written by two cruisers on 28 Oct, 2012
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…Read More
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 were most impressed with the Brown County Craft Gallery on Main Street. We bought beautifully worked wood bottle stoppers there. The store had other art quality crafts available, too. Another favorite was a family glassblowing business found in two stores. The Lawrence family has one shop on Van Buren and another around the corner on Franklin. If you are lucky the senior Lawrence will be in a chatty mood and between manipulations of the hot glass he will entertain you with his humorous dialog. The junior Lawrence doesn't have his father's sense of humor, but he does exceed his dad in his skills with hot glass. Mainly they make Christmas tree ornaments and small figurines. However if you have the $$$ they have some very fine glass sculptures that capture the movement of the subject beautifully. There were several Christmas stores, my favorite was Holly's on the corner of Van Buren and Mound Street. Just walking up the sidewalk to the store is entertaining. The walkway was lined with a colorful hedge of vegetables. Don't know what plants they were but I suspect they were related to cauliflower.Inside the shop were many varieties of Christmas tree and house decorations. The glass pieces resembeling candy resting in "paper" cups intrigued me.Another type of store found throughout town is what I call door and yard decor. Many many attractive door wreaths made from a variety of materials are available. The Woodlands Gallery on the corner of Van Buren and Gould Street had some very funny yard deer and moose. Each one had a funny big toothy grin.There are a few T-shirt shops. One or two are junk shops, but there also are two "Life is Good" shops. I counted three "all Halloween all the time" shops. Shops with preserves, chutney, relishes, mustards, and other edibles could be found all over town. Candy and fudge stores and pop corn stores offer interesting choices such as Dill Pickle Popcorn, but frankly they are very high priced per ounce. I had good luck finding nifty new gadgets in the cook's shop "Kiss the Cook" located on the second floor of building at 125 S Van Buren. And of course there were local artist jewelry stores. I managed to restrain myself and only bought two items. The same with bookstores. We liked "The Loft" which oddly was on the ground floor of a one story building on Honeysuckle Lane. I recommend this to people who are looking for regional books and books with unusual titles or subjects. This is not a place to shop for clothing, or for staples, this is a place to shop for ..."Will you look at that!" ....and "What fun!" Enjoy your self and go ahead, pay $13 for a medium size bag of popcorn, after all this is your vacation. Close
Written by two cruisers on 27 Oct, 2012
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…Read More
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. We all had a favorite we had to share with the others. That is a sure sign of a good collection.The anitque guide listed eight stores or malls. 1. We visited The Brown County Antique Mall on the way to Gnawbone, across from the state park. This shop included a log cabin seperate from the main building. Both places loaded with a wide selection. My joy was two more Blenko water jug for my collection.2. A store front shop in Morgantown, Antique Co-op, had less do-dads and more structural or odd ball items. For example, my husband bought an MG steering wheel. We enjoyed chatting with the owner.3. In town just off Van Buren, the main business street, we visited Brown County Clocks and Collectibles. Another shop next door is Wandering past. The constant clicking in the clock store could drive a person crazy, but they did have some very nice choices.4. We day tripped to Bloomington, IN the home of the University of Indiana. Before lunch we spent a parking meter's worth of time in the Bloomington Antique Mall at 311 West 7th Street. Three floors of assorted quality antiques. The treasure I found was too big to transport in our van or to display in our home, but I visited it 3 times while in the store!5. After lunch at the Scholar's Inn Bakehouse, we found in a nearby neighborhood the Second Avenue Antique Mall at 222 W 2nd Street. Free parking here.There were more shops listed on the brochure, but by this time I was ready to look at that kitchen store on the Courthouse Square, Goods for Cooks, where I could buy bright shiny gadgets. Close
Written by mfolk on 24 Nov, 2004
Nashville Indiana is a quaint village on the northern edge of the Brown County State Park. The park is the largest in Indiana and is sometimes referred to as "the little Smokey Mountains." There is a lot of up and down on the…Read More
Nashville Indiana is a quaint village on the northern edge of the Brown County State Park. The park is the largest in Indiana and is sometimes referred to as "the little Smokey Mountains." There is a lot of up and down on the hiking trails. Sometimes the low clouds hanging around the hill tops remind you of the Smokey Mountains. The park is open year around with an entrance fee of up to $5.00. Even a drive through the park with stops at vistas and overlooks can make an enjoyable afternoon and will take up to 3 hours or more.
Like Gatlinburg in the Smokey Mountains, the park boasts a tourist zone on the northern edge. Nashville’s popularity started with a group of artists who moved to the area to paint the local scenery of Brown County. When you think of Indiana, I usually picture flat fields of corn and soybeans, but the glaciers never made it this far south and so the hills and valleys remain rugged and picturesque. Along with numerous galleries, including a large permanent exhibit by the ever popular Kincaid, there are droves of small shops selling "tourist art," knick-knacks, and assorted novelties. It is not uncommon to see several buses arriving from nearby cities filled with shoppers.
October is by far the busiest time of year. The colors from the changing leaves draw a huge sightseeing crowd. Pre-holiday shopping in November is fun, with the entire village dressed up for the holidays.
This is a great long weekend visit, but unless you want to spend a lot of time hiking or just want to sit around the pool/hot tub, you will probably be ready to go elsewhere within 4 or 5 days. There is one restaurant called The Ordinary that exemplifies the entire region’s culinary choices. While there are decent places to eat, everything is just ordinary. Nothing stands out as a must-visit.