Brown County

Known as the "Art Colony of the Midwest," Brown County has attracted artists for generations with its spectacular views of rolling hills and forested land. Today, it is a popular tourist destination with hundreds of artist studios and galleries, distinctive shopping & restaurants, antiques and flea markets, and a wide range of outdoor activities and lodging facilities. Experience warm hospitality, friendly hellos and a slower approach to life.

Photo courtesy of Brown County Visitors & Convention Bureau.

Our Story

Founded as a pioneer colony in 1836, original settlers drew their wagons in search of new land. By the early 1900s, a new type of colony formed, and Brown County was christened as “Peaceful Valley” by a group of Chicago-based artists who followed renowned painter T.C. Steele to Indiana. Inspired by the majestic landscape and colorful locals, these painters spread the word far and wide. Soon art students followed, in addition to writers, potters, weavers, naturalists, and photographers. Over the years, artists have continued to make their way to Brown County, keeping art alive and fueling tourism that has served as the community’s economic engine.

Photo courtesy of Brown County Visitors & Convention Bureau.

Key Stats

Population: 15,035.

Key Industries: Tourism.

Notable Facts: Brown County has the highest concentration of forested land of any of Indiana's 92 counties. With 15,776 acres, Brown County State Park is one of the largest state parks in the U.S.

Websites: Convention & Visitors Bureau, Town of Nashville.