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Welcome to LAWRENCE COUNTY INDIANA

VISITOR GUIDE

Grist Mill at Pioneer Village, Spring Mill State Park

LimestoneCountry.com

Visitor information for Bedford & Mitchell in Southern Indiana


America’s Greatest Voyage Into Earth!

Bluespring Caverns Park

Explore the underground aboard an electric-powered boat, enjoy our 1/2 mile trail around Indiana’s largest sinkhole, prospect for gems at the “Myst’ry River Gemstone Mine”, and browse our unique gift shop. Enjoy the day!

Open Every Day, March 16 thru October 31. Caverns tours leave hourly or more often. Located 1/2 mile off U.S. Hwy. 50, 5 miles southwest of Bedford, IN.

812-279-9471 www.BluespringCaverns.com


Welcome to Lawrence County! Our home is called “Limestone Country” because of the stone terrain found here. It is an outdoor playground of caves, forests, rivers, Bluespring Caverns and Spring Mill State Park. Limestone, astronauts and persimmons are a few of the many unique experiences you'll find. We’re glad you’re here! Tonya Chastain Executive Director

Plan Your Trip

Stop by the Lawrence County Visitors Center on 533 W Main St. in historic downtown Mitchell, just 3-1/2 miles from Spring Mill State Park. Open Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-4:30pm. Brochures available in lobby 24/7. 800-798-0769 • info@limestonecountry.com LimestoneCountry.com limestonecountry

@limestonecountry

The largest cities in Lawrence County are Bedford, the county seat, and Mitchell, the home of Spring Mill State Park. Lawrence County is located 1-1/2 hours south of Indianapolis and 2-1/2 hours southwest of Cincinnati.

Contents Recreation����������������������������������������������� 2-7 Outdoor Adventures����������������������������� 2-5 Camping & Golfing�������������������������������� 6-7 Attractions����������������������������������������������8-12 Music, Art & Culture����������������������������������9 Astronaut Heritage���������������������������������10 Home of Indiana Limestone�������������������11 Beer and Wine����������������������������������������13

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About the Cover:

Spring Mill State Park offers a glimpse into the area’s industrial history while discovering today’s outdoorsy adventures. Enjoy numerous hiking trails, a memorial to Hoosier Astronaut Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom and the Pioneer Village with its working Grist Mill!

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RECREATION

Outdoor Adventures The hills, forests and rivers in Lawrence County offer unique adventures for all explorers.

Hoosier National Forest - Rolling hills, back-country trails, and

rural crossroad communities make these 203,000 acres of public land a local treasure. Spread across nine counties, including over 16,000 acres in Lawrence County, the forest offers outstanding outdoor recreation. The Brownstown Ranger District includes the Charles C. Deam Wilderness, a nearly 13,000 acre designated area with primitive camping, hiking and horse trails. For those who want a less primitive experience the Hardin Ridge Recreation Area offers campsites with amenities, cabins for rent, a swimming beach and boat launch on Monroe Lake. Trail Use Permits are required for horse and bicycle use for those 17 years or older.

Camping reservations: visit recreation.gov or call the National Reservation System at 1-877-444-6777, (TTY - 1-877-833-6777). Practice Leave No Trace.

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Spring Mill State Park - The hilly hiking trails, playground, nature center, outdoor swimming pool, Grissom Memorial and Pioneer Village make this park the perfect escape for families and one of the most popular state parks in the Midwest. Take a step back in time in a restored 1800s settlement in the Pioneer Village. An interpretive cast of characters show and tell how each one of them helped the community thrive. There’s even a real working gristmill. Spring Mill State Park is also home to campgrounds (pg 6), the Grissom Memorial (pg 10), Spring Mill Inn (pg 24) and Millstone Dining Room (pg 25 and 27.)

Hidden Gems: Park Favorites

Twin Caves – Take an underground boat ride through the chilly caves. Boat Rentals - Rent a boat, go fishing and explore the waters of this stunning park. Mountain Bike Rental – Hit the trail or try the specially designed bike terrain area.

The adventures waiting here are as unique and colorful as the people who find them. in.gov/dnr/parklake/2968.htm

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Bedford Parks – Kick back and enjoy an easy day at the local park. Throughout Bedford, you’ll find swimming, picnic areas, a limestone bandshell, a skate park, playgrounds, a basketball court and Disc Golf. bedfordparks.com Bluespring Caverns Park – Below the earth’s surface surrounded by limestone, passengers explore the nation’s longest underground river. Cave guides navigate along the subterranean waterway pointing out native, rare blind fish. Back on the surface, visitors can prospect for gemstones, fossils and arrowheads. Open Mar. 16-Oct. 31. 1459 Bluespring Caverns Rd., Bedford. bluespringcaverns.com See ad on inside front cover

Lawrence County Recreational Park – Thrill-seekers love this place in Springville for its trails, hills, meadows and woods perfect for ATV and motorcycle riders. Home to the ABATE of Indiana Boogie held each July. 812-275-0186

Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway – The 10.62-mile railsto-trails project offers hikers, bikers and runners a scenic route of limestone bluffs, tree canopies, waterways and a variety of wildlife. indianatrails.com

Mitchell City Park – It’s one of Lawrence County’s favorite parks, offering

swimming, a picnic area, a playground, horseshoes, basketball and a community building. 812-849-3831

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Most High Adventure Outfitters – Float through the White River on

comfortable canoes and sit-on-top kayaks, or swiftly paddle through the historic waterway and tributary streams. Take a break on shore by sunbathing, fishing, renting a bicycle or photographing wildlife. 812-340-0700. soilandwater.com/mosthigh

Sugar Creek Sporting Clays and Hunting Preserve – Enjoy the

game with European-style pheasant hunts, upland hunting, wobble trap, skeet, trap sporting clays and five stands. 812-849-5020, sugarcreekhunting.com

Williams Covered Bridge As the longest double-span bridge in Indiana, it celebrates the history of days gone by and welcomes today’s adventurers. It is open to bicyclists and pedestrians, and extends along the East Fork of the White River, just west of Williams off SR 450.

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Camping

Lawrence County Recreational Park – Enjoy modern amenities such as restrooms, shower facilities and playgrounds. This park also boasts ATV and motorcycle trails. 99 Moore Ln., Springville. lcrp.ridetrails.org Midwest Trail Ride – RV Campground with water & electric sites, store, log cabins, horse stalls, dump station, access to trails and close to Lake Monroe. 812-834-6686, midwesttrailride.com

Midwest Trail Ride • Campsites with water & 30 amp electric • Modern restrooms & shower house • Primitive cabins, trail access, 10 min to Lake Monroe

1264 Hunter’s Creek Road • Norman • 812-834-6686 • midwesttrailride.com

Salem, Flagstaff, Cherokee, Springdale, Kodiac

•Sales •Service •Rentals •Utility & Cargo Trailers •Full Parts Store •Truck Accessories State Hwy. 37 between Mitchell & Bedford 877-RootsRV or 812-279-6737 www.rootsrv.com

Root’s RV and Sales – Camp in style with a rental motorhome or

travel trailer, perfect for road trips, adventures and "glampers." rootsrv.com

Spring Mill State Park – Experience everything Indiana’s favorite park has to offer with an overnight stay. Primitive and RV camping available. 812-849-3534, in.gov/dnr/parklake/2968.htm

If “roughing it” is not your style, look to pages 22-24 for hotels and B&Bs! 6


Cabins at Guthrie Meadows – Hike the trails,

wade in spring-fed creeks, relax by the campfire after stargazing through the on-site telescope. The cabins have heat and air-conditioning, and a fire pit with firewood provided. 812-849-0519, guthriemeadowsbandb.com

GOLFING Stone Crest Golf Community – The semi-private course sits on 210 acres with 27 holes. It boasts concrete cart paths and a number of lakes nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana. Enjoy the view from the clubhouse on the wrap-around deck that overlooks three lakes. 11 miles north of Bedford. 812-276-4653, stonecrestgolf.net

Otis Park Golf Course – Golf on one

of the best municipal courses in Indiana. The 18-hole golf course in Bedford features a driving range, practice greens, lessons, golf shop and snack bar. The park is also equipped with tennis courts, picnic areas, soccer Bedrock Disc Golf fields, a shelter house and Bedrock Disc Golf - Deadwood Course at Otis Park, the first in Lawrence County. Several historical sites sit on the property, including the Pine Hall Mansion built in 1865 and the limestone band shell, rock wall, stone picnic areas and shelter all built in the 1930s. 812-279-9092, otisparkgolf.com 7


ATTRACTIONS Barn Quilt Trail – Limestone Country is home to over 30 barn quilts, colorful

quilt-style graphics found on barn exteriors. More and more designs are popping up along the rolling hills every day. Stop by the visitor center to get a map to find them all.

Bluespring Caverns - See page 4 and inside front cover for more details. Holiday Drive-In Theatre Cruise in for double features Spring and Summer, Fri. – Sun. 1055 SR 37, Mitchell. holidaydrivein.biz

Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds – Home of the 4-H Fair held every July in Bedford. Building and other facilities available for events. lawrencecountyfairgrounds.org

Premier Theatre 7 – See the newest blockbusters all year round. Indoor movie theater. 812-275-8783 Regal Bedford 7 – Kick back and catch a flick. Indoor movie theater. 812-275-8844

Spring Mill State Park - See page 3 for more details.

The Growth Council’s business retention and expansion program focuses on services for Lawrence County established businesses with a goal of encouraging continual growth, cost effective business practices and improved productivity. Our economic development team specializes in services to help you expand. Our non-profit services are free of charge and project information is considered strictly confidential.  Our team can assist your company:

• Explore Business Expansion Opportunities • Identify Applicable Incentives • Building & Site Searches • Connect to Workforce Programs • Collaborate with Local Entrepreneurs & Innovators • Develop Relationships with Local Universities

Shance Sizemore • (812) 275-4493 Shance@lawrencecountygrowth.com

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Beautifully restored venue providing quality entertainment!

Weekly events and live music scheduled for 2020 include: Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, Rock, Pop, Tribute Bands, Holiday Events, and More! Address: 217 N 7th Street, Mitchell, IN 47446

Phone: 812-849-4447

www.mitchelloperahouse.com Music, Art and Culture Little Theatre of Bedford – Take in Broadway-style plays and musicals performed by local actors and volunteers. 1704 Brian Ln. Way, Bedford. ltb.org

Mitchell Opera House - Originally built in 1906 and completely restored in 2015, the historic venue enjoys a rich tradition of community events, film screenings and live music entertainment. mitchelloperahouse.com

Wiley Art Gallery – See regular exhibitions and regular artist showings at the home of the Lawrence County Art Association. 1402 J St., Bedford. 812-277-8289, lawrencecountyart.org

Wiley Art Gallery

Thursday-Friday 1-5pm Saturday 10am-1pm

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Astronaut Heritage Lawrence County is home to three astronauts whose distinguished careers have played a major role in United States space exploration. Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom – Mitchell native and one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts in 1959. Grissom is remembered as a pioneer in American space exploration. He died with two other astronauts in a fire during a launch pad test on January 27, 1967. Charles D. Walker – Bedford native who was on several Space Shuttle missions. Kenneth D. Bowersox – Bedford High School graduate who flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia. Get a glimpse of astronaut life at one of these out-of-this-world attractions:

Grissom Memorial -

This interactive museum features Grissom’s space suit and artifacts from his life and career. See the capsule he piloted, Gemini III “Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Open daily 8am-4pm. Spring Mill State Park.

Grissom Boyhood Home/Museum – Celebrate the life of Grissom at his family home. Open Saturdays, May 23-Oct. 31. 715 W Grissom Ave., Mitchell.

Astronaut Virgil I “Gus”

GRISSOM BOYHOOD HOME 715 Grissom Ave., Mitchell, IN 47446

• Tour Home of an Original Mercury Astronaut • Period Restored & Decorated 1930’s-1950’s • Open Saturdays May 23-October 31 • 11 am-3 pm: Other Times By Appointment Call 812-849-1090

Grissom Monument – A limestone statue of the

Titan II Rocket with Grissom’s Gemini III capsule is engraved with the history of Gus Grissom’s Military and NASA careers. City Hall Lawn. 409 S 6th St., Mitchell.

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The Home of Indiana Limestone “America’s Building Stone” provides Lawrence County with community pride and national prestige. Limestone from Lawrence County was used to build many notable American structures, such as The Empire State Building, The Pentagon and the new Yankee Stadium. Discover limestone carvings and statues throughout Lawrence County at these unique locations and experiences:

The Indiana Limestone Heritage Trail – Explore Lawrence

and Monroe Counties. Find the trails brochure at the Lawrence County Visitor Center. limestonemonth.com

Joe Palooka Statue – See the largerthan-life 1940’s cartoon boxing champion near Town Hall. 109 Main St., Oolitic.

Lawrence County Museum of History – Explore limestone exhibits, artifacts, local carvings and over a thousand genealogy reference books. Free admission. 929 15th St., Bedford. lawrencecountyhistory.org

Learn more at LimestoneCountry.com/limestone

City of Bedford

Welcomes you

to Lawrence County 1102 16th St. 812-279-6555 • bedford.in.us

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Lawrence County Museum of History & Edward L. Hutton Research Library 929 15th Street, Bedford, IN on the courthouse square Museum gallery features antiques, artifacts, and displays on county and state history, including WWI, WWII, the American Civil War, limestone, political history, and much more. The research library contains family histories and research materials.

Tue.-Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

(812) 278-8575 • www.lawrencecountyhistory.org American Red Cross Driving Tour – This special

self-guided driving tour highlights Lawrence County’s history with Clara Barton and the American Red Cross. The organization was founded in 1881 by Barton, an American Civil War nurse, and supported by a Bedford couple who served as co-founders. Joseph and Enola Gardner lived in Lawrence County in the late 1800s. The American Red Cross Driving Tour includes historic places to visit, including the Gardners' home and farm, where Barton visited. Other stops on the tour include the Lawrence County Museum of History, the reconstructed Red Cross Log Cabin at Spring Mill State Park and American Red Cross Cemetery.

Stop by The Lawrence County Visitor’s Center for the American Red Cross Driving Tour map.

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Map Listings (See pages 14-16) Attractions Bluespring Caverns Park��������������������������D7

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Bedford-North Lawrence Performing Arts Center������������������������������F4 Carousel Winery����������������������������������������������� I8 Devil’s Backbone Scenic Overlook����� I8 Grissom Boyhood Home��������������������������� F9

Murray Forest Park����������������������������������������E4 Otis Park Golf Course�����������������������������������F5 Purdue Farm�������������������������������������������������������D4 Salt Creek Brewery����������������������������������������D3 Spring Mill State Park����������������������������������G9

See ad on inside front cover.

See ad on page 10.

Grissom Limestone Monument���������� F9 Hoosier National Forest�����������������B5, C9, I2 See ad on page 2.

Joe Palooka Statue������������������������������������������E4 See info on page 11.

Land of Limestone Exhibit�����������������������E4 Lawrence Co. 4-H Fairgrounds������������D7 Location of the Gem Mineral Fossil Show. See ad on page 28.

Lawrence Co. Museum of History������E5 See ad on page 12.

Lawrence Co. Recreational Park��������� B1 Lawrence Co. Visitor Center������������������ F9 See info on page 1.

Little Theatre of Bedford���������������������������E5

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See info on page 3.

Stonecrest Golf Course�������������������������������C1 StoneGate Arts & Education Center���������������������������������������������E5 See ad on back cover.

Sugar Creek Sporting Clays and Hunting Preserve�������������������������������������������� I9 Tincher Lake������������������������������������������������������ B9 Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom Memorial Museum����������������������������������������G9 Wiley Art Gallery (Lawrence Co. Art Association)�������������E5 See ad on page 9.

Williams Covered Bridge��������������������������� A7 Williams Dam State Recreation Area��������������������������������� B7

BEER AND WINE Carousel Winery – Nationally acclaimed for homegrown vintages, available for purchase. Taste wine on the patio overlooking beautiful scenic nature. 6058 Lawrenceport Rd., Mitchell. 812-849-1005, carouselwinery.com

Salt Creek Brewery - Lawrence County’s only brewery, located in an old service garage. Enjoy entertainment and trivia, pub fare, vintage decor, beer pieces advertising memorabilia, and cigars, wine and distilled spirits on the patio. 466 Old SR 37, Bedford. 812-277-8277, saltcreekbrewery.beer

We’ve got what you’re fishing for... BEER LIQUORS MIXERS WINE Please drink responsibly.

COLDEST BEER IN TOWN!

Bass Liquors 1401 W. Main, Mitchell 1 Block East of Hwy. 37 & 60 Jct.

812.849.3075

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Welcome to Lawrence County

www.BedFed.com • 812.275.5907 2955 John Williams Blvd 1030 15th Street Bedford, IN 47421 Bedford, IN 47421

Hillside Boarding & Kennel

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Boarding • Grooming • Training • Supplies

Your Pets Home Away from Home 1149 Bryantsville Rd. • Mitchell, In. 47446

812-849-4265

www.HillsideKennelinc.com

Emergency Information IU Health Bedford Regional Medical Center 2900 16th St., Bedford, IN 47421 812-275-1200 First Care Urgent Care 2418 16th St, Bedford 812-508-8683 St. Vincent Dunn Hospital 1600 23rd St., Bedford, IN 47421 812-275-3331

Bedford Police Dept. 1617 K St., Bedford, IN 47421 812-275-3311 Mitchell Police Dept. 407 S 6th St., Mitchell, IN 47446 812-275-3316 Lawrence County Sheriff Dept. 1420 I St., Bedford, IN 47421 812-275-3316

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SHOPPING

Antique Shops Cabin In The Pines 1055 Sunny Acres Dr., Bedford 812-583-0288 Country Cabin Crafts 7990 SR 446, Norman 812-834-5774 Country Pathway 780 Old Hwy. 60W, Mitchell 812-675-6140

To find on the map, see pages 14-16

Peddler’s Corner 1420 H St., Bedford 812-278-3192 Primitive Porch 7956 SR 37, Bedford 812-279-0300 Rita’s Décor 5296 Leatherwood Rd., Bedford 812-277-6081

Fun Finds����������������F9 631 W Main St., Mitchell 812-849-1199 See ad on page 27.

This-N-That Antiques�����������������F9 44 Teke Burton Dr., Mitchell 812-849-4507

Mustard Seed 229 Salem Rd., Heltonville 812-834-5529

Washboard Antiques 935 Washboard Rd., Springville 812-583-2728

Old Country Mercantile 386 McFadden Ridge Rd., Bedford 812-275-4241

The Washhouse 218 Base Rd., Norman 812-276-9541

White River Arts & Antiques 9712 SR 37 N, Bedford 812-653-0335 Wildflower Antiques & Primitive 1524 I St., Bedford 812-329-0256

Unique Shops Applacres�������������� E7 9104 SR 37 N, Bedford 812-279-9721 Blue Door Boutique 1542 I Street, Bedford 812-675-6655 B Fancy Boutique 2600 Smile Ln., Bedford 812-675-4513 Blooming Pails������ E9 1500 W Main St., Ste. 1, Mitchell 812-225-7600

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Bluespring Caverns Gift Shop 1459 Bluespring Caverns Rd., Bedford 812-279-9471

ReGeneration Store������������������������F9 701 W Main St., Mitchell 812-849-0470 Spring Mill Inn Gift Shop 3333 Hwy. 60 E, Mitchell 812-849-4508

Country Neighbors A collection of home-based businesses that open on select days during the year. Gillespie’s 1st Place Trophies 714 16th St., Bedford 812-279-4320 Inklings Bookstore 1020 16th St., Bedford 812-675-8524 Lawrence County Museum Gift Shop 929 15th St., Bedford 812-278-8575

The Lemon Seed Boutique

The Lemon Seed Boutique 1009 16th St., Bedford 317-910-5746 Little Red Porch 1529 J St., Bedford Nana’s Farmhouse 1517 J St., Bedford 812-865-4748

Stone Cottage 1001 15th St., Bedford 812-593-8115 Timeless Treasures 1749 US 50 E, Bedford 812-277-0283 Twelve Months of Christmas 915 15th St., Bedford 812-275-2001

Day Spa The Loft Salon & Spa 1010 16th St., Bedford 812-278-1143

COUNTRY NEIGHBORS’ TOURS

A Journey to Remember

Spring Into Summer Reap The Harvest Home For The Holidays

10 am-6 pm

Jun. 12-13 Sep. 11-12 Nov. 12-14

• Original Creation • Holiday • Candles • Gifts • Primitives • Floral • Antiques • Homespun • Hand Sewn • Handcrafted • Victorian

Check us out on the web at www.picturetrail.com/countryneighbors HT-6179480

THANK YOU for your Votes for Best Fast Food! • Full Breakfast Menu • Arby’s Roast Beef • Chicken Tenders • Chicken Sandwiches • Market Fresh Sandwiches • Fresh Salads

2 Locations:

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UNIQUE FINDS

Applacres – This u-pick orchard and market has locally grown produce, old-fashioned candy, Amish goods, locally harvested persimmon pulp. Try the cider!

Check out this year’s events and accessories. concerts.

Blue Door Boutique - This boutique offers women’s clothing, jewelry and Little Red Porch – This fun shop boasts hand-painted signs that make the perfect home décor and gifts. Be on the look-out for pop-up shops and occasional craft nights.

ReGenerations – This one-of-a-kind thrift store boasts used clothing, furniture, household items and more. The revenue from the shop provides funds to churches, schools and other local organizations. The Lemon Seed Boutique – This trendy, local boutique boasts clothing, accessories and gifts. Some pieces even have a bit of Hoosier flair.

White River Arts And Antiques - Shop for modern home decor, antiques, vintage, primitives and more.

Wedding Barns - If you

are looking for a romantic spot to celebrate your big day, you'll find various charming Wedding Barns in Lawrence County. Guthrie Meadows - 812-849-0519 Laural Mill - 812-797-4101 Martin Barn at Knob Creek

812-508-9868

Red Brick Bridal Barn

812-653-3033

Spring Creek Event Barn

812-863-7600

The Loft at Walnut Hill Farm

812-275-6938

Blooming Pails Flowers and Gifts We deliver!! Call 24 hours to order

812-225-7600

Order online at www.bloomingpailspro.com 1500 W. Main Street, Suite 1 • Mitchell, IN 47446 20


Antique Treasures

Limestone Country is one of the greatest treasure troves in Indiana. With over 25 shops selling unique finds, it proves to be an antique hunter’s dream.

Country Pathway - If you have a passion for antiques, like the store’s lovely owners, this is a place that you need to visit. You can find anything from oil lanterns, dried flowers and old pottery to chalkboard signs, planters and seasonal decor.

Fun Finds – Find antiques, collectibles, pre-owned furniture and more.

Consignment and booth rentals mean new, unique treasures are always waiting to be discovered.

Primitive Porch – This quaint find is filled with beautiful Amish-made furniture, floral décor, candles, jewelry, spa supplies, concrete garden décor and more. This ‘N’ That Antiques & Collectibles - With beautiful antiques and farmhouse decor, you can find anything that you need to transform your home into a rustic, primitive masterpiece.

Welcome! Mitchell is the home of

Spring Mill State Park, the birthplace of US astronaut hero, Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom and the 74th Annual Persimmon Festival held on Sept. 19, 21-26. Visit our local businesses for service, quality and hospitality!

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LODGING

To find on the map, see pages 14-16

UNEXPECTED ESCAPES The gentle rolling hills of Southern Indiana make Lawrence County a serene country escape.

B&Bs

Hotels Budget Inn�����������E5 2816 Mitchell Rd., Bedford 812-275-7515

Crest Motel��������� D1 3754 SR 37 N, Bedford 812-279-2228

Guthrie Meadows B&B���������������������������I8 12406 Tunnelton Rd., Tunnelton 812-849-0519 guthriemeadowsbandb.com

Sheriff’s House Bed & Breakfast��������E5 1002 17th St., Bedford 812-606-1758

Woodcrest Farm

1427 Pinhook Rd., Bedford 812-279-5164 Airbnb.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites����������������E6 2800 Express Lane, Bedford

812-279-8111, 800-274-2974 bedfordqualityinn.com

Roots Motel���������������� E6 4027 Mitchell Rd., Bedford 812-279-2228

Rosemount Motel������� E5 1923 M St., Bedford 812-275-5953

812-279-1206 holidayinnexpress.com/ bedfordin

Spring Haven �������������� F9 67 Spring Haven Rd., Mitchell

The Mark III Motel��������������������E5 1709 M St., Bedford

Spring Mill Inn�������������G9 3333 SR 60 E, Mitchell

812-275-5935

Mitchell Inn���������F9 93 SR 60 E, Mitchell 812-849-9048 mitchellinn.com

Plaza Motel���������� I4 6843 US 50 E, Bedford 812-834-5522

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Quality Inn & Suites���� E5 911 Constitution Ave., Bedford

812-849-5905

812-849-4508 1-877-9-SPRING springmillinn.com

See ad on page 24.

Super 8 Motel������������� E4 501 Bellback Rd., Bedford 812-275-8881, 800-800-8000 super8.com


Spring Mill Inn at Spring Mill State Park

Spring Mill Inn – Stay for a weekend in the rustic, yet modern Spring Mill Inn or rough it at the campground. Spring Mill Inn offers dog-friendly rooms, a heated pool and restaurant. Be sure to check throughout the year for overnight packages and specials. See ad on next page. Airbnb – Choose from cabins, farmhouses and houses available for overnight stays in Lawrence County. Enjoy all the privacy and comforts of home with authentic Hoosier Hospitality. airbnb.com

Indoor pool and whirlpool Spa, Suites, Free Internet Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Exercise Room, Bus & Truck Parking, Children 12 & Under Stay Free

501 Bell Back Road Bedford, IN 812-275-8881 Conveniently Located at the corner of Hwy 37 & Hwy 58 East

Reservations 1-800-800-8000

• B anquet & Meeting Facilities • 24 Hour Business & Fitness Center • Outdoor Pool 911 Constitution Ave. • Bedford 812.279.8111 • 800.274.2974 23


DINING From scratch-made favorites like tenderloin sandwiches to hearty country breakfasts, enjoy a taste of Hoosier Hospitality in every bite.

The Bedford Perk - Offers up unique coffee choices, healthy diet options, breakfast, daily specials and delicious desserts!

WELCOME TO

Where Midwest Favorites Meet Cajun Flavor Steaks, Pasta, Pizza and More 1539 J Street, Bedford CourtRoomSportsGrill.com

Court Room Sports Grill – This new favorite serves up savory flavors all day long. Try a fresh-made beignet, Cajun eggroll, NOLA chicken burger, Swamp Things pizza or Voodoo fries. Railroad Café – This restaurant pays homage to Indiana’s rich transportation heritage, serving up home-style food just like grandma made it.

It’s A Persimmon Thing Persimmons are orange, plum-sized fruit with a unique flavor. This quirky little fruit grows abundantly in Lawrence County every September. Locals say that persimmons taste similar to pumpkin pie filling. Lawrence County restaurants and businesses put their own twist on the local favorite, serving up persimmon baked goods and other treats.

Millstone Dining Room at Spring Mill Inn - The cozy

dining room serves up homemade soup, pioneer-style cornbread and comfort food. It’s one of the only places in Lawrence County where you can get persimmon pudding all year round.

Huckleberry’s Bakery –

Munch on yummy cupcakes, brownies, apple fritters and persimmon mounds then wash them all down with a persimmon slushy.

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DINING

To find on the map, see pages 14-16

Local Favorites

Casual The Kitchen at 5th & Main�������������F9 505 W Main St., Mitchell 812-992-2160

Apron Strings 647 X St., Bedford 812-675-7154 The Bedford Perk 919 15th St, Bedford 812-804-1937 Court Room Sports Grill������������E5 1539 J St., Bedford 812-200-1111 Dairy Bell 2474 Hwy. 60 E, Mitchell 812-849-1100 Holt’s Café 3047 Old SR 37 N, Bedford 812-275-1922 Huckleberry’s Bakery 916 Main St., Mitchell 812-849-3867 Jiffy Treet 142 16th St., Bedford 812-279-8803

Knucklehead Market & Eatery 28 Lincoln Ave., Bedford 812-675-0963 L & B Diner 2928 Mitchell Rd., Mitchell 812-329-1440 Limestone Café 1015 16th St., Bedford 812-279-0499 Magic Morning Bakery 2513 16th St., Bedford 812-279-2715 Railroad Café��������F9 641 W. Main St., Mitchell 812-992-2300 See ad on page 27.

Salt Creek Brewery 466 Old SR 37 N, Bedford 812-277-8277

Arby’s���������������E5, E9 (2 locations) 3216 29th St., Bedford 812-279-3500 3159 Hwy. 37, Mitchell 812-849-2729 Asian Pearl 1309 James Ave, Bedford 812-278-9388 Bob Evans 3321 16th St., Bedford 812-275-8368 Buffalo Wings & Rings 3230 John Williams Blvd., Bedford 812-279-2833 Casa Brava Mexican 3405 W 16th St., Bedford 812-275-2558 Denny’s 1035 James Ave., Bedford 812-275-5023 Empress Court 1102 James Ave., Bedford 812-275-8338

 }~  } ~  }~   }~  }~  }~  }~  }~  } ~  }~   Embracing the region’s rich }~  }~ farm-to-table heritage  }~}~  } CLASSIC AMERICAN FARE (minus the burgers and fries)

Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch Carryout and box lunches for park visitors Catering Available 505 West Main St., Mitchell

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El Compadre (2 locations) 1608 Wilkins Way, Mitchell 812-849-0340 3126 John Williams Blvd., Bedford 812-277-7040 El Rancho Del Burrito 1529 L St., Bedford 812-275-5089 Golden Corral 1521 James Ave, Bedford 812-275-0311 Great Wall 1503 Wilkins Way, Mitchell 812-849-5888 Millstone Dining Room Spring Mill State Park SR 60 E, Mitchell 812-849-4508 99 Restaurant 2625 16th St., Bedford 812-329-1101

Olde Downtown Tavern 1005 16th St., Bedford 812-279-9922

Grecco’s Pizza (3 locations) 519 Lincoln Ave, Bedford 812-279-9791

Orange Leaf 3338 W John Williams Blvd., Bedford 812-620-9384 Mamma's and Pappa’s Restaurant 2615 Mitchell Rd., Bedford 812-275-6225 Smokin Jim’s BBQ 1414 Bundy Ln., Bedford 812-276-7417 Starbucks Coffee Co. 3015 W 16th St., Bedford 812-278-9187

Pizza Chicago’s Pizza 3221 SR 37, Mitchell 812-849-2967

202 Hillcrest Way, Bedford 812-277-9000 1503 Wilkins Way, Mitchell 812-849-1000 Marco’s Pizza 1301 16th St., Bedford 812-275-4440 Papa John’s (2 locations) 1501 16th St., Bedford 812-275-4455 2860 SR 37, Mitchell 812-992-2900 Pizza Hut 2111 W 16th St., Bedford 812-275-6600

Edna’s 9th & Hwy 60, Mitchell 812-849-6168

515 W Main St., Mitchell 812.583.2404

@themixbaking themix.est2018@gmail.com

RAILROAD CAFE

Fun Finds Antiques, Collectables and More

641 West Main Street, Mitchell Mon.-Thur. 7am-7pm Fri.- Sat. 7am-8pm • Sun. 7am-3pm

812-992-2300 Salads, Soups, Sandwiches and Homemade Desserts

Something for Everyone! Winter: Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm Summer: Mon-Sun. 11am-5pm

812-849-1199 621, 625, 629 & 631 W. Main St., Mitchell

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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY Crawfest

JULY ABATE of Indiana Boogie

Huron Memorial Day

Astronauts Weekend

Living History Weekend

Lawrence County Fair

JUNE Limestone Month Country Neighbors’ Tour Springville Festival Judah Heritage Festival Annual Gem Mineral Fossil Show Limestone Heritage Festival, Parade & Fireworks

AUGUST Vintage Camper Rally Children’s Outdoor Weekend Pioneer Village Quilt Show Cave Weekend SEPTEMBER Lawrence County Cancer Patient Car Show

OCTOBER Limestone Capital Half Marathon Bedford Downtown Derby Week Haunted Village NOVEMBER Country Neighbors’ Tour DECEMBER Bedford Christmas Parade Holiday in Spring Mill Village

Dinner on the Williams Covered Bridge Country Neighbors’ Tour 74th Annual Mitchell Persimmon Festival

GEM MINERAL FOSSIL SHOW • Fri. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. • Sat. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. • Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

JUNE 26-28, 2020

Variety of Jewelry, Beads, Rocks, Gifts and more. Free Admission Lawrence County Fairgrounds Sponsored by Lawrence County Rock Club, Inc.

www.lawrencecountyrockclub.org

OCT. 3, 2020

HALF MARATHON 5K • 1MILE

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Go to limestonecountry.com for festival and event dates.


Limestone Heritage Festival and Parade - Jun. 26-27, 2020

Enjoy the beer garden, live music, food vendors, cornhole tournament, farmer’s market and more. Limestone carvers show off their talents at the limestone exhibits and demonstrations. Watch the patriotic parade at 6pm, then follow it up with an explosive fireworks display at the Square at 10pm. downtownbedford.org

74th Annual Mitchell Persimmon Festival Sep. 19, 21-26, 2020

Celebrate Lawrence County’s locally-grown fruit! The event kicks off with a candlelight tour of Spring Mill State Park’s Pioneer Village on Sat., Sep. 19 and concludes with a showcase parade on Sat., Sep. 26. Enjoy midway rides, live entertainment and food booths downtown Mon.–Sat. persimmonfestival.org

Bedford Christmas Around the Square and Parade - Dec. 5, 2020 Kick off the holiday season with downtown shopping, wonderful window displays, food vendors, barrel train rides, photos with Santa and the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The lighted, night-time parade starts at 6pm. See over 100 glimmering, glittering floats. downtownbedford.org

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StoneGate Arts & Education Center Shawna M. Girgis Building 931 15th St. Bedford, IN 47421

• • • •

Office: (812) 279-8126 Toll-Free: (877) 707-6282 Fax: (812) 279-6210 Web: www.stonegateeducation.com

‘The Heart & Future of the Community’ StoneGate Arts & Education Center provides a

home to Ivy Tech Community College, Oakland City University and Vincennes University. It is also a site for workforce development activities and courses. The site enables area residents the opportunity to further their educational goals locally, whether they are seeking degrees, personal enrichment courses or certifications.

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Welcome to Limestone Country! There is a place within the Southern Indiana rolling hills that’s called “Limestone Country” because of the st...

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