35 Things Most People Don't Know About Brown County

  1. Brown County is known as the "Little Smokies" because of its resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains.
  2. The Brown County Art Gallery, established in 1926, is the oldest continuously operating art gallery in Indiana.
  3. The Brown County Playhouse, which opened in 1949, has hosted many famous entertainers, including Bob Hope and Red Skelton.
  4. The Little Nashville Opry, a popular country music venue, burned down in 2009, but plans are underway to rebuild it.
  5. Brown County State Park is the largest state park in Indiana, covering over 15,000 acres.
  6. The park has over 70 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails.
  7. Brown County is known for its scenic drives, especially during the fall when the leaves change colors.
  8. The county is home to several historic covered bridges, including the Bean Blossom Covered Bridge, which was built in 1880.
  9. The T.C. Steele State Historic Site is the former home and studio of Theodore Clement Steele, a famous American Impressionist painter.
  10. The Brown County Historical Society operates a museum in Nashville that showcases the county's history and culture.
  11. The Nashville House is a historic restaurant in downtown Nashville that has been serving up classic Hoosier cuisine since 1927.
  12. The Story Inn, located in the small town of Story, is a historic inn and restaurant that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.
  13. The Brown County Inn is a popular lodging option in Nashville that features rustic, log-cabin style rooms.
  14. The Brown County Music Center is a state-of-the-art music venue that hosts concerts and events year-round.
  15. The Brown County Antique Mall is a popular shopping destination for antique lovers.
  16. The Brown County Winery produces a variety of wines made from locally grown grapes.
  17. The Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, held annually in June, is one of the oldest and most respected bluegrass festivals in the country.
  18. The Indiana Wine Trail includes several wineries located in Brown County and the surrounding area.
  19. The Brown County Studio and Gallery Tour is an annual event that showcases the work of local artists and craftsmen.
  20. The Brown County Fiber Festival is a celebration of all things fiber, including knitting, weaving, and spinning.
  21. The Brown County Birding Festival is a popular event for bird enthusiasts, featuring guided bird walks and lectures.
  22. Brown County is home to several state champion trees, including a black oak that is over 350 years old.
  23. The Brown County Public Library has been serving the community since 1919 and offers a wide range of resources and programs.
  24. The Brown County YMCA offers fitness classes, swimming, and other recreational activities.
  25. The Brown County Health and Wellness Center provides healthcare services to the community.
  26. The Brown County Fair is an annual event that features livestock shows, rides, and entertainment.
  27. The Brown County Community Foundation supports local nonprofits and provides grants to improve the community.
  28. The Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District works to promote conservation and sustainability in the county.
  29. The Brown County Humane Society rescues and cares for animals in need.
  30. The Brown County Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services to the county.
  31. The Brown County Emergency Management Agency coordinates emergency response efforts in the county.
  32. The Brown County Fire Department provides fire protection services to the county.
  33. The Brown County Health Department works to promote public health and prevent disease.
  34. The Brown County Planning and Zoning Department regulates land use and development in the county.
  35. The Brown County Solid Waste Management District manages waste disposal and recycling in the county.

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