Brown County

Known as the "Art Colony of the Midwest," Brown County and the town of Nashville have attracted visitors for generations with spectacular views of rolling hills and forested land. Today, this popular destination is known for award-winning schools, eclectic art studios, distinctive restaurants and shops, and endless outdoor activities. Experience natural beauty, warm hospitality, and adventure in Brown County.

Photo courtesy of Brown County Visitors & Convention Bureau.

Our Story

Founded as a pioneer colony, original settlers drew their wagons to Brown County in search of new land. By the early 1900s, a new type of colony was formed by a group of Chicago-based artists who followed renowned painter T.C. Steele to Indiana. Inspired by the majestic landscape, these painters spread the word far and wide. Soon art students followed, in addition to writers, potters, weavers, musicians, naturalists, photographers, and entrepreneurs. While Brown County's breathtaking scenery attracts two million visitors per year, it's schools are preparing young people for real-world careers in the Indiana Uplands through innovative learning models, such as student-run Eagle Manufacturing.

Photo courtesy of Brown County Visitors & Convention Bureau.

Key Stats

Population: 15,552

Towns: Nashville

Key Industries: Tourism

Notable Facts: Brown County has the highest concentration of forested land of any of Indiana's 92 counties and attracts thousands of mountain bikers each year with its 28 miles of trails for every skill and experience level. With 15,776 acres, Brown County State Park is also one of the largest state parks in the U.S.