Indiana: Brown County

Brown County (pop. 15,242) is west of Bartholomew County. One of nine Brown counties, it was named for Gen. Jacob Brown, an American Army officer in the War of 1812.

Brown County is one of Indiana’s two least densely populated counties, and the Indiana county with the largest percentage of land (almost 90%) covered by forest.

Hoosier National Forest

The town of Nashville (pop. 803) is the fifth-smallest county seat in Indiana.

Brown County Courthouse (1874)

The Brown County Art Colony, established in Nashville around the turn of the 20th century, was a major center for American Impressionist painters, including T.C. Steele (1847-1926).

Steele’s “The Old Mills” (1903)

The T.C. Steele State Historic Site is southwest of Nashville.

Steele’s home and studio

Brown County is still known today for its art galleries.

The Brown County Playhouse in Nashville has movies, live theater, and concerts.

Brown County State Park is Indiana’s largest and most-visited state park. It dates from 1931.

The Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground, north of Nashville, has the world’s longest continuously running bluegrass festival.

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