Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Visiting Nashville, Indiana

Visiting Nashville, Indiana 

Nashville, Indiana
County - Brown
Area Total - 1.0 sq mi
Elevation - 594 ft
Population (2010) - 803
Time zone - Eastern
ZIP code - 47448
Area code(s) - 812
Little Nashville, Indiana
Little Nashville, Indiana

Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South Central Edition
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums - South Central Edition
Visiting Nashville, Indiana 
Little Nashville Indiana is located in the scenic hills of south central Indiana at the intersection of Indiana State Roads 46 and 135. It is about a mile west of Brown County State Park. Nashville is the county seat of Brown County.
While not a large town, Little Nashville is chuck full of shops, restaurants and coffee houses making it a delightful place to visit. Most of the buildings are patterned after early American architecture.
Shops
Most visitors come to Nashville to visit the small retail shops that dot the streets. These small stores offer a plethora of merchandise not found in the big box stores. Some of the offerings are locally made handcrafted merchandise. A local winery maintains a shop in the village, as well as numerous antique and art galleries, candle and gift stores. To find them all, you must peruse every little alleyway and street, as the stores are tucked in every conceivable corner. Resembling Gatlinburg, Tennessee, only smaller, Nashville maintains its own charm with an eclectic mix of art, antique and handicraft shops.
Restaurants
Diners in Nashville will find mostly small, locally owned establishments, which offer excellent food and atmosphere. Several bed and breakfasts in the village also have restaurants on the premises. Numerous coffee shops provide an opportunity for visitors to sip gourmet coffees and lattes.
Music and Theatre
Two theatres in Nashville, the Brown County Playhouse and the Melchior Marionette Theatre, provide venues for visitors to experience live, performance art in Nashville. The Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Jamboree has live music and those wanting to shake a leg can do so at the Dance with Billy at the Dance Barn Monday Nights west of Nashville.
Art
Several artists, sculptors and other artisans maintain galleries in Nashville. The Brown County Art Guild displays works from fifty area artists. The nearby art studio of the late T. C. Steele provides a chance to look at the art and lifestyle of one of Indiana's leading artist. Steele laid the groundwork for today’s arts community in the town.
Antiques 
Shoppers will find an abundance of antique shops, flea markets and collectables stores while wandering Nashville's streets. Stores in nearby Bean Blossom and Gnaw Bone provide additional shopping opportunities.
Brown County Historical Museum Pioneer Village
Brown County Historical Museum consists of a two-story 1879 log jail, used until 1919. Visitors will also enjoy a two-story dogtrot log building, once used as a community building. It houses exhibits of Brown County schools and churches. Other displays include military items and a special exhibit of Cracker Jack memorabilia created by local artist Carey Cloud; an authentically restored log cabin with exhibits typical of the pioneer period; a working blacksmith shop circa 1850; an 1898 doctor’s office used by Dr. Alfred J. Ralphy for nearly 50 years in Bellsville, in the southeastern part of the county. The newest addition to the Brown County Historical Museum Pioneer Village is a Woodworking Shop authentic to the 1850 period with the old tools and a shaving bench.
Brown County State Park
Visitors can explore the Brown County hills close up while hiking, camping or picnicking at nearby Brown County State Park. The Knobs terrain of southern Indiana provide almost Appalachian style vistas from several overlooks in the park. Known as the "Little Smokies," no visit to Nashville is complete without a tour through Brown County State Park.
Lodging
Accommodations in Brown County range from camping at the state park to cabins, nifty cottages and comfortable bed and breakfasts.
Autumn in Brown County
Autumn in Brown County allows visitors to see the stunning fall foliage in Brown County. Visits in the fall can be busy, so make sure you make your reservations well ahead of time.
Nashville is one of Indiana's well-known gems. A road trip to Nashville will provide memories that will last a lifetime.

Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 840 10 North Van Buren St.
Nashville, IN 47448


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