Historic Brown County Indiana

Historic Brown County Indiana

Nashville Indiana

Located about an hour south of Indianapolis in Brown County is the Village of Nashville. Established in the early 1800's Nashville was primarily a lumber town. Soon artists from all over were drawn here to the scenic landscape of the Indiana hill country. Many became residents, most notably American Impressionist, T.C. Steele, and in 1907 the Brown County Artist Colony was born.

A visit today will still find you in the midst of wonderful art and handcrafts. Nashville is home to many painters, potters, carvers, glass blowers, jewelers, weavers, and of course leather-smiths. Artisans are represented in our many galleries and specialty boutiques; art exhibits, demonstrations, and studio tours are offered throughout the year.


The village has over 100 unique shops and is home to the Brown County Playhouse which offers live theater performances and special movie events. Stop in one of the tasting rooms of several Indiana wineries, a local distillery, and our own micro brewery or treat yourself to homemade ice cream, fudge, candies, or roasted nuts.


For the nature lovers Brown County State Park and Yellowwood State Forest are just a few minutes from town. Boating and fishing is enjoyed on quiet Yellowwood Lake and both parks offer an abundance of camping options and hiking trails for humans and horses. The Brown County State Park features a saddle barn, as well as world famous biking trails. The rolling hills of the county are enjoyed by cyclists for pleasure and special competitions. Spectacular views of the foliage are enjoyed by visitors, especially in the fall.


The traditional sounds of live blue grass music can be heard in many area venues all through summer and into the fall. June brings the annual Bill Monroe Blue Grass festival and the annual Log Cabin & Country Tour; a chance to see historical architecture and high country decor. If you are a history buff visit the new home of our Brown County Historical Society and our Pioneer Village which is home to our two story log cabin jail.

October, Glorious October! When the cool days of fall transform the hill country and draw thousands to its color spectacle. The town is alive with visitor from all over the map. Nashville is a favorite fall destination for many of our visitors annually. The town hosts many family reunions, weddings and other special events all year round and offers an abundance of unique services, lodging, and meeting spaces for any occasion.

Looking for your next adventure; come to the Village of Nashville. Shop for unique treasures, relax with good food and music and enjoy the charm of the Indiana hills.

Be sure to stop by and see us at Moonshine Leather Co., Inc, 38 S. Van Buren and K. Bellum Leather Goods in Antique Alley, 92 W. Franklin. 


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