Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Old Nashville Jail

Original Nashville jail......built in 1837, last prisoner kept there in 1919. Each section had a chair, bed and a stove. There are three windows open with iron grating iron covers. To the right you can see the steps that go up to the 2nd level.
Okay, I could use one of these out back of our house to be used for the "dog house" when Ken's in trouble! LOL

The stairs run up the outside of the building to the women's part of the jail.

The 'ol ball 'n chains, still in place in the women's jail.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Yes, there really is a Gnaw Bone, Indiana


One of the things Ken and I enjoy is driving around the countryside looking at all the sights and seeing what interesting things we can find. We saw this home on the way to Story Inn. It's the House at Stone Head and is now a home you can rent to enjoy the serenity of the surrounding hills and nature. There is no TV or telephone here......just the quiet of nature and beautiful gardens in the rear to enjoy. Or imagine being all cozy and tucked inside by the fireplace in the winter with a good book and enjoying the view of the the rolling hills outside covered with a light snowfall! Peaceful!
The original home was a log cabin from 1851 and was replaced with the more "modern" version seen here in 1891. In 1981 it was entered with the National Registry of Historical Places and the carved stone marker in front was awarded as a separate listing.
This stone marker is the last fully intact marker of three that were carved back in 1851 used as directional markers for the public roads in Brown County. It was chiseled out of a block of sandstone quarried from a local stream bed. It sets in its original place.

A front look at the house and there's the stone head marker right out front.

This is one of the Gnaw Bone flea markets. Yes, there really is a Gnaw Bone, Indiana.....population 71 people within a 1 mile radius! The town's name derives from that of the original French settlement in the area, Narbonne, named in turn for the southern French city of that name. To the ears of English settlers of that time, "Narbonne" sounded like "Gnaw Bone" and came to be know as just that!

It has been promoted as "flea capital of the world", as it is said to have one flea market for every five residents!

This is the Beanblossom covered bridge that used to connect Beanblossom, IN to Nashville, IN until it was bypassed by a new road. It was built in 1880 and because of it's location in Brown County, and thus a proximity to the famous local art colony, this structure probably has the distinction of being the subject of more covered bridge paintings than any other in Indiana.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

What's the Story?

Story, Indiana.......the Story Inn.....is located where the Brown County State Park meets the Hoosier National Forest. It is a winding 20 minute drive south of Nashville, past weather-beaten barns, covered bridges and clapboard churches. And a beautiful and fun drive it was!
The Story Inn is actually an entire town, founded as a logging community in 1851. It is perhaps the best preserved example of a 19th century village that survives in the American Midwest.

The little town/inn is dominated by the old General Store and is now a gourmet restaurant. The remaining buildings in town, the Old Mill, Sawmill, several homes and out-buildings--serve as over night accomodations.

The town was founded by Dr. George Story and soon became the largest settlement in the area. In it's heyday (1880-1929) the village supported two general stores, a nondenominational church, a one-room schoolhouse, a grain mill, a sawmill, a slaughterhouse, a blacksmith's forge and a post office. It never recovered from the Great Depression (1929-1933), as families abandoned their hilly,marginal farms in search of work elsewhere.

The second floor of the Old General Store has been renovated into four quaint bed & breakfast accomodations notable for their year-round occupant, the "Blue Lady". The Blue Lady is a mirthful albeit innocuous apparition with flowing white robes, whose cheeky behavior has been observed by Story Inn employees and recorded in guest books since the 1970's.

One of the original Royal Crown gas pumps displayed outside.

Love to swing!! And what a wonderful swing this was in a tree out back of the Story Inn.

The Story Garden.....where they grow vegetables and herbs for their gourmet restaurant in the Inn.

Friday, September 26, 2008

More Brown County

Here are some more pics from Nashville. Hope you are enjoying all the scenery and quaint little shops of this adorable little town. More to come.........!

Now this was a store.......lots of fun things for scrapbooking and altered art and ATC's. Also bought some wonderful paper and diecuts made for Brown County and Nashville.

Always love a Raggedy Ann!

Isn't she a cutie with her little black cat!

The last evening at Nashville, we ate at the Nashville House, known for their sassafras tea and fried biscuits with apple butter......yum!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Brown County Indiana

Nashville.....a quaint little town in Brown County Indiana where we stayed on our recent 4-day trip there. It's population is 873 and has 3 traffic lights with the tallest building being three stories. It's filled with quaint shops, restaurants, bed & breakfasts and art galleries. It's all within walking distance....the whole town's only maybe five blocks wide by six blocks long! I highly recommend, if you haven't been there, you definetly need to go. I'll be sharing more shopping, sights in Brown County and information in the days to come. I have so many wonderful pictures and experiences to share. Enjoy!! And make your reservations!!

The Nashville General Store and Bakery. We stopped here to relax and have some ice tea, eat a snickerdoodle cookie and watch the sites.

Friday, September 19, 2008

"Keep a sense of humour, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure." --Dan Millman

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Just Something to Think About

"Wake up! If you knew for certain you had a terminal illness--if you had little time to live--you would waste precious little of it! Well, I'm telling you...you do have a terminal illness: It's called birth. You don't have more than a few years left. No one does! So be happy now, without reason--or you will never be at all."
Dan Millman (The Peaceful Warrior)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"Little Witches" Halloween Swap

Just finished creating my ATC's for the "Little Witches" swap hosted by Teri Chinen. They were alot of fun and I had fun naming each one. This will start my first collection of Halloween ATC's.

Meet "Bernice"





Sunday, September 7, 2008

Bridal Shower

"So many happy memories come from sharing life with the one you love."

Today day I went to a bridal shower of the daugher of my special friend, Deb's. Her name is Tori and she's getting married October 3rd, 2008, in Las Vegas at the Flamingo. No Elvis impersonators, just a beautiful gazebo wedding outside in the garden.
Here's a picture of her when she was nine and dressed up as a bride for Halloween and she proudly proclaimed, "Someday....I'm gonna be a bride!" Well, her day has come....and only three weeks away! Deb, did you even think then that this day would be here so quick and you'd be saying "good-bye" to your little girl and having to let go? I think she'll be in good hands, though!
This is Tori now. Hasn't changed a bit, has she? Still going to be a beautiful bride again.....this time for real!

Tori and friend Denise....the worked together at Build-A-Bear and are now great friends.

Tori opening her gifts.

Maid-of Honor, Katie, bride-to-be, Tori, mother-of-the-bride, Deb.

The following are the beautiful decorations Deb made for the tables; she put alot of creativity, effort and time in them. Aren't they awesome?