Artists discovered Brown County’s lush countryside, roughly 60 miles south of Indianapolis, in the 19th century and made the area something of an artists' colony. Impressionist painter Theodore Clement Steele's (1847–1926) home, the House of Singing Winds, is now a state historic site. Later, refugees from urban areas peppered country lanes in what came to be known as Peaceful Valley, with summer cabins in communities like Bean Blossom, Bear Wallow, and Possum Trot. Nashville is just as charming as the day it was founded, with picture-perfect art galleries, shops, and restaurants that lure city slickers for leaf-peeping during fall foliage season.
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Children of all ages will love the fantastical shows at Melchior Marionettes, where seats and stage are tucked beneath a leafy canopy.
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At the Nashville Fudge Kitchen, creamy fudges are cooked in copper kettles and hand-paddled on marble tables. Try some samples and bring a box home.
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Then head for Brown County State Park. Or stay closer to the ground on trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Rent a canoe for some paddling.
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Everyone’s welcome at Mike’s Music & Dance Barn. Not into dancing? Shoot some pool. Or listen to lots of live bluegrass music all around town.
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More than 200 shops, studios and art galleries line the streets of the town, known as an artists’ colony since the early 1900s. Maybe you’ll find a treasure to take home.
Great spots to wander among gorgeous flowers and take in the scents of spring (or summer or fall).
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