|A Year of Indiana History - 2016|
The Indiana Legislature passed a bill on February 4, 1836 that created Brown County, naming Jacksonburg as the county seat. Jacksonburg later renamed itself Nashville. Brown County is named in honor of General Jacob Brown.
Jacob Brown (9 May 1775 – 24 February 1828)
The son of Samuel and Abi (White) Brown of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Brown graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1790. He moved to upstate New York where he opened settlement in the Black River area. In 1807, he received a commission as captain in the New York Militia. By the time the War of 1812 broke out, he was a brigadier general in the militia. He organized the defenses of the Great Lakes regions and helped engineer a British defeat at the Battle of Sackett's Harbor. The Army then commissioned him as a brigadier general and he saw extensive further action. His successes included capturing Fort Erie and victories at the Battle of Chippawa, the Battle of Lundy's Lane, and the Siege of Fort Erie. He received two wounds at Battle of Lundy's. President James Monroe appointed him commanding General of the Army during his administration.
At first named Jacksonburg, Banner C. Brummett founded the town in 1836. The town grew slowly, owing to the general lack of money in the isolated area. The hills attracted settlers mostly from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas. Most of these settlers had lived in mountainous areas and Brown County's hills reminded them of the areas they came from.
Tourism has become an important part of Brown County's economy. Nashville has numerous small shops, galleries and museums lining its streets. Nearby Brown County State Park is one of the most popular state parks in Indiana. The state of Indiana also operates a State Historic Site at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site in the southern portion of Brown County.
For more information about Brown County, visit:
Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 840
10 North Van Buren St.
Nashville, IN 47448
A Year of Indiana History - 2016
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