Charming & Quaint – Nashville, Brown County

Having grown up in the Nashville/Brown County area, I always wondered what the attraction was for people. To me, it was just home, nothing special, just where I lived, had family, went to school, worked, and “hung out”. It took moving away, in 1991, for me to truly gain an appreciation for the quaint village, the peaceful lifestyle, and spectacular scenery.

When many people think of Brown County, they think of the Brown County State Park. Indiana’s largest state park is visited by millions each year for camping, hiking, picnicking, fishing, swimming, or horseback riding. Many come to observe the abundant wildlife, or to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Brown County is most recognized for its magnificent display of fall foliage. In the fall, primarily the month of October, winding country roads are packed with tourists, stopping to observe, or take photos of the colorful displays.  But, locals will tell you, “fall isn’t all” in Brown County. Spring brings abundant displays of Redbud, and Dogwood, mixed with the fresh greens of nature waking up.

Brown County is dotted with various small towns, most of which have unique names; Gnawbone, Bean Blossom, Helmsburg, Peoga, Trevlac. The largest town, and the county seat, is Nashville. Nashville became popular, in the early part of the 20th century, to artists, coming to paint Brown County scenery. Many of them opened studios in Nashville.  Nashville quickly became known as a popular tourist destination. Hotels and restaurants opened, and catered to the many visitors. With no major industry, Nashville relies heavily on the tourist trade. Two major art galleries, many unique gift shops and boutiques, and a wide array of restaurants boost the local economy while serving the many visitors who come to the area each year. However, there are many smaller businesses and industries. For Bare Feet is a popular sock factory that ships uniquely designed socks all over the country.


For recreation and entertainment there are various venues from which to choose, including Brown County State Park, Yellowwood State Forest, Monroe Reservoir, and Lake Lemon. There is a local YMCA, a highly proclaimed library, and various musical and theatrical groups. In addition to this there are many local artisans who create anything from pottery, to jewelry, and offer the items in Nashville shops, or in their private studios dotted throughout the area.

While Brown County is known far and wide as a popular tourist destination, it is also home to the many who have found the quiet, peaceful, laid-back lifestyle attractive. The local zoning officials have worked hard to preserve the quaint, rustic ambience of the Nashville settled many years ago by Hoosier pioneers.

Come for a visit, or better yet, come to stay. The peaceful, quiet, small-town atmosphere is a great place for retiring, or for raising a family. Take it from a native – it’s a great place to grow up!

This article was written by:

Bev and Dave Roberts

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