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.

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