Orange County

With its rural charm and healing sulfur springs, Orange County has long drawn travelers in search of the perfect place to enjoy gracious Southern Indiana hospitality—some for a weekend getaway, and others to put down roots as long-time residents. Orange County offers a number of farmers markets to buy local produce, thriving 4-H and agriculture programs, and career cooperatives that enhance the career readiness of students. The popular French Lick Scenic Railway, which transforms into a magical Polar Express storybook adventure complete with hot cocoa during the holidays, gives passengers the opportunity to survey 20 miles of gently rolling hills, limestone outcroppings, and the Hoosier National Forest.

Our Story

In the early 1900s, French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs Hotels were iconic symbols for economic achievement for rural southern Indiana. The impressive atrium dome of West Baden spanning 200 feet was once regarded as the eighth wonder of the world. Orange County became a famed vacation gathering, which drew prominent guests like President Franklin D. Roosevelt who wanted to partake in the healing water of the natural sulfur springs. A revitalization of these two historic properties within the last decade has infused the county with new jobs and a thriving tourism industry.

Key Stats

Population: 19,426

Key Industries: Tourism, accommodation and food service, manufacturing, and construction

Notable Facts: Orange County is home to one of the oldest working courthouses in Indiana—a Greek Revival-style edifice that has been used continuously since its construction in the mid-1800s.