As a child, I remember the Harvest Time cassette filling the brown, boxy Oldsmobile with lively dulcimer music as my family traversed serpentine roads to Brown County , Indiana, during our annual leaf-peeping trip. Brown County is located in South Central Indiana and claims communities with offbeat names such as Gnaw Bone and Beanblossom.
The star of the county is Nashville, Indiana, endearingly called “Little Nashville” by locals and visitors. Replete with artisans, entertainment, uncommon shopping finds, and delicious local cuisine, Little Nashville is a delight for Hoosiers making a day trip, or for those who have traveled far to reach the Crossroads of America.
Art lovers will especially enjoy Brown County’s history as an artist colony, drawing talents such as William McKendree Snyder and T.C. Steele to sketch its gorgeous landscapes. Take a break from shopping and dine at the Artists Colony Inn or savor some pumpkin ice cream from Fearrin’s Ice Cream and Yogurt Depot.
So next time you’re passing through the heart of America, take a detour. You just might find a gem like Little Nashville. 🙂