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VISITOR GUIDE I BEDFORD N D I• MITCHELL A N A

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! Dear Traveler:

I BEDFORD N D I• MITCHELL A N A

This special place within the Southern Indiana rolling hills is called “Limestone Country” because of the area’s rich limestone quarrying and carving heritage. This limestone terrain provides caverns, hills, forests and rivers for you to enjoy. We are home to Spring Mill State Park and Bluespring Caverns, two of Indiana’s most popular attractions. Wherever the limestone trail leads you, you are sure to find adventure and fun. Thank you for visiting Limestone Country! Sincerely,

Tonya Chastain Executive Director

Planning Your Trip? Stop in the Lawrence County Visitors Center located at 533 West Main St. in historic downtown Mitchell, just 3-1/2 miles from Spring Mill State Park. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Brochures in lobby available 24/7. 800-798-0769 • info@limestonecountry.com • LimestoneCountry.com /limestonecountry

Lawrence County Tourism-Indiana

The two 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 Limestone�����������������������������������2 Recreation����������������������������� 3-12 Visitor Center����������������������������13 Maps����������������������������������� 13-16 Emergency Information�������������17 Shopping����������������������������� 18-19

Music, Art & Culture������������ 20-21 Persimmon Festival�������������������22 Festivals/Events������������������������23 Dining/Winery/Brewery�������� 24-25 Lodging������������������������� 26-27, 29 Astronauts��������������������������������28

About the Cover: The Grist Mill in the Pioneer Village of Spring Mill State Park is a 200-year-old working mill. Photo by Emily Engstrom.

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The Home of Indiana Limestone Lawrence County, Indiana is noted as the birthplace of “America’s Building Stone.” The Empire State Building, the Pentagon and the new Yankee Stadium are some of the notable American structures built with Lawrence County limestone. The Indiana Limestone Heritage Trail through Lawrence and Monroe counties, allows travelers to view and “Experience Indiana Limestone!” Brochures with maps are available at the Lawrence County Visitor Center. June is Limestone Month, full of activities and events which celebrate the history, art and heritage of the limestone industry.  Land of Limestone Exhibit is housed in a 1926 Bedford limestone building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Free admission. StoneGate Arts & Education Center, 405 I Street.

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 23, 24 & 25

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

www.lawrencecountyrockclub.org

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Welcome! Mitchell is the home of

Spring Mill State Park, the birthplace of US astronaut hero, Virgil I. “Gus� Grissom and the 71st Annual Persimmon Festival held on Sept. 23 & 25-30. Visit our local businesses for service, quality and hospitality!

mitchellchamberofcommerce.org Hoosier National Forest

Over 203,000 acres of public woodland to explore Trails, rolling hills, wildlife and much more can be found in a special area of land scattered through nine counties in Indiana, managed and maintained for visitors to enjoy. Hunters are welcome but please get a map depicting boundary lines from the Hoosier National Forest Office. Tincher Lake, between the towns of Bryantsville and Huron, welcomes fishing. Park along US 50 and take a short trail to the lake.

www.fs.usda.gov/hoosier

Lawrence County boasts 16,282 acres of National Forest; offering hiking, mountain biking, and horse trails. The Forest office and nature store is in Bedford. These public lands also offer fishable ponds, nature watching, and hunting opportunities. Come enjoy the Hoosier National Forest!

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The Grist Mill at Spring Mill State Park celebrates its 200th anniversary with year-round events.

Spring Mill State Park One of the most popular state parks in the Midwest Spring Mill State Park offers hilly hiking trails, a campground, playground, nature center and an outdoor swimming pool for families and adventurers. Unlike any other state park, Spring Mill provides many unique adventures, too. You can take an underground boat ride at Twin Caves during the summer. Take a step back in time to the restored Pioneer Village, a re-creation of an early 1800s settlement. You’ll experience pioneer life with an interpretive cast of characters and a real working grist mill. Don’t miss the Grissom Memorial interactive exhibits that celebrate Hoosier astronaut Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, too!

When it’s time to end the day, don’t leave the park! Stay the night at Spring Mill Inn, a rustic yet modern inn located in the center of the park. For more info, see page 26 and inside back cover. The park is nestled among the scenic hills of Lawrence County, just a few miles east of Mitchell, Indiana. www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2968.htm 4


Bluespring Caverns Park The nation’s longest navigable underground waterway At a cool 52 degrees and 100 feet below the earth’s surface, visitors to Bluespring Caverns explore an underground river through limestone caverns. Cave guides navigate along the subterranean river for over a mile, pointing out native rare blind fish and crayfish in their natural setting. The caverns tour treats visitors to America’s most extensive subterranean boat trip for an unforgettable experience. Back up on the surface, visitors can prospect for gemstones, fossils and arrowheads, browse the unique gift shop or walk the nature trail around Indiana’s largest sinkhole.

Bluespring Caverns Park is open every day March 16 through October 31 and is located at 1459 Bluespring Caverns Road (1/2 mile off US Hwy. 50, 5 miles southwest of Bedford, Indiana.)

www.bluespringcaverns.com

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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Williams Covered Bridge The longest double-span bridge in Indiana The bridge retains the history of days gone by while welcoming today’s adventurers. The bridge, open to bicycles and pedestrians, spans the East Fork White River, just west of the town of Williams off SR 450.

Parks and Recreation Areas Lawrence County Recreational Park, located in Springville, is a unique area for motorcycle and ATV riders. It is also home to the ABATE of Indiana Boogie event held every July. Call 812-275-0186 for trail times. Mitchell City Park offers swimming, picnic area, playground, horseshoes, basketball and community building.  Sugar Creek Sporting Clays and Hunting Preserve offers European Style pheasant hunt, upland hunting, wobble trap, skeet, trap, sporting clays and 5 stand. Boat launch and fishing are available at Williams Dam Recreation Area, White River Bridge in Bedford, Lawrenceport area and Spring Mill State Park. Milwaukee Road Transportation Trailway is a 10.62-mile rails-to-trails project. It offers limestone bluffs, tree canopies, scenic waterways and a variety of wildlife along the way. See ad on page 11.

City of Bedford Parks Brookside Park 1622 Tunnelton Rd.

Murray Park 410 W St.

Shane Ahmed Park 415 J St.

Dickman Park 721 Riley Blvd

North End Community Garden 416 H St.

Thornton Park 1625 Q St.

Edgewood Park 205 Westwood Dr.

Otis Park 1621 Tunnelton Rd.

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Wilson Park 2211 Denson Ave.


BedfordParks.com • 812.275.5692 BedfordParksDepartment

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Rentals At Spring Mill State Park, you can rent a mountain bike and hit the trails or try the specially designed bike terrain area.

812-849-5190, www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2968.htm Most High Adventure Outfitters features comfortable canoes and siton-top kayaks for White River excursions. You can swiftly paddle through the historic waterway or explore tributary streams. Take a break by lying out in the sun, fishing or photographing wildlife. Bike rentals are also available. 812-340-0700, www.soilandwater.com/mosthigh/ Root’s RV and Sales offers rental motorhomes and travel trailers for road trips and adventures. www.rootsrv.com

Salem, XLR, Flagstaff, Cherokee, Springdale, Cameo

•Sales •Service •Rentals •Utility & Cargo Trailers •Full Parts Store •Truck Accessories State Hwy. 37 between Mitchell & Bedford, IN 1-877-RootsRV or (812)279-6737 www.rootsrv.com

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

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COLDEST BEER IN TOWN!

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

812.849.3075


Camping Free Spirit RV Resort is located 15 minutes from Lake Monroe Reservoir. Quiet family camping with 18-hole miniature golf and planned activities, too. 4140 Erie Church Road, Bedford. www.freespiritcamp.com Spring Mill State Park Campground has flush toilets, hot water, showers, camp store. 3333 SR 60 East, Mitchell. 

866-622-6746, www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2968.htm Lawrence County Recreational Park offers modern restroom and shower facilities, playgrounds. ATV and motorcycle trails.  99 Moore Lane, Springville. www.abateonline.org Midwest Trail Ride Horseman’s Campground offers water and electric, dump station, covered box stalls and bedding, log cabin rentals and immediate access to well-marked trails.  1264 Hunter’s Creek Road, Norman. www.midwesttrailride.com

Midwest Trail Ride • Guided trail rides by appointment • Campsites with water & electric • Covered box stalls and bedding

1264 Hunter’s Creek Road • Norman • 812-834-6686 • midwesttrailride.com If “roughing it” is not your style, look to pages 26-27 for other lodging options like hotels and bed & breakfasts! Spring Mill State Park Inn is also featured on the inside back cover. 9


Just for Fun Amish & Friends General Store has many Amish goods including furniture, baskets, quilts and more. Hours: Thursday-Saturday 9-5. 624 W Main Street, Mitchell. 812-849-1139,

amishandfriends@gmail.com Applacres is an orchard and fruit market with a great selection of locally grown produce. 9104 State Road 37 N, Bedford. 812-279-9721 Holiday Drive-In Theatre is located between Mitchell and Orleans. Open seasonally, Friday-Sunday. 1055 St. Rd. 37, Mitchell.

www.holidaydrivein.biz The two indoor movie theaters in Bedford are Premiere Theatre 7 (812-275-8783) and Regal Bedford 7 (812-275-8844) The Joe Palooka Statue is a limestone statue of a 1940’s cartoon boxing champion located at 109 Main St. by the Oolitic Town Hall.  Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds in Bedford is the home of the 4-H Fair in July. Building and other facilities are available for events.

www.lawrencecountyfairgrounds.org P n T Hobbies & Raceway is a R/C specialty store and premier indoor R/C racing facility, located 1.3 miles east of Spring Mill State Park. 4718 St. Rd. 60 East.

812-849-6666, www.pnthobby.com

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Golf Courses Otis Park Golf Course, located in Bedford, has been recognized as one of the best municipal golf courses in Indiana. There are several historical sites on the property. Pine Hall Mansion was built in 1865 and the limestone band shell, rock wall, rock picnic areas and shelter were built in the 1930s. The 18-hole golf course offers a driving range, practice greens, lessons, golf shop and snack bar. Otis Park is equipped with tennis courts, picnic areas, soccer fields and a shelter house.

For tee times call 812-279-9092 or visit www.otisparkgolf.com.  Stone Crest Golf Community is a semi-private course on 210 acres located 11 miles north of Bedford. All 27 holes feature concrete cart paths and a number of lakes nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana. At the clubhouse you can enjoy the scenic view on the wrap-around deck that overlooks three lakes.

For tee times call 812-276-4653 or visit www.stonecrestgolf.com.

Geocaching Hundreds of geocaches hidden within the borders of Lawrence County form a hub of geocaching activity that attracts cachers of all ages and skill levels. The Space Heritage Series is a featured GeoArt project of 55 caches depicting astronaut Gus Grissom’s “Unsinkable Molly Brown.” It is a fun and educational tribute to the three local heroes of the U.S. Space Program. Learn more about geocaching and the Space Heritage Series at

www.geocaching.com.

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The Grissom Home is hosting the Galactic Gathering on Saturday, July 15. There will be special activities all day long, including a breakfast at Spring Mill State Park, tours of the home with special STEM activities on the grounds, photo opportunities with seven Indiana-born astronauts, a parade and a space symposium at the Opera House that evening. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.facebook.com/ GusGrissomBoyhoodMuseum or on our website:

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The Grissom Boyhood Home will be open for tours every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from May 27 through Oct. 28, with the exception of Sept. 30, when the home will be open following the Persimmon Festival Parade.

Special tours are available by calling the Lawrence County Tourism office at (812) 849-1090 or by messaging the home on Facebook. The home is decorated in a 1940’s style and contains Grissom family pieces as well as period furnishings. Family photos decorate many walls. The back porch museum includes information, artifacts & clippings concerning Grissom’s career.

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Map Listings See pages 14-16 Attractions

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Arby’s�������������������������������������������������� E5, E9 See ad on page 24. Bluespring Caverns Park������������������������� D7 See ad on inside front cover. Bedford-North Lawrence Performing Arts Center������������������������������������������������F4 Location of Southern Indiana Live On Stage See ad on page 20. Carousel Winery���������������������������������������� I8 Devil’s Backbone Scenic Overlook������������I8 Fun Finds���������������������������������������������������E9 See ad on page 22. Grissom Boyhood Home��������������������������� F9 See ad on previous page. Grissom Limestone Monument���������������� F9 Hoosier National Forest����������������B5, C9, I2 See ad on page 3. Joe Palooka Statue�����������������������������������E4 Land of Limestone Exhibit�������������������������E4 Lawrence Co. 4-H Fairgrounds.................D7 Location of the Gem Mineral Fossil Show. See ad on page 2. Lawrence Co. Museum of History�������������E5 See ad on page 20. Lawrence Co. Recreational Park������������� B1 Lawrence Co. Visitor Center���������� F9 See info on page 1. Little Theatre of Bedford��������������������������E5 Mitchell Opera House������..........................E9 See info on page 21. Murray Forest Park�����������������������������������E4 Otis Park Golf Course............................... F5 Purdue Farm�������������������������������������������� D4 Railroad Cafe��������������������������������������������F9 See ad on page 22. Salt Creek Brewery���������������������������������� D3 Spring Mill State Park������������������������������ G9 See ad on inside back cover. Stonecrest Golf Course���������������������������� C1 StoneGate Arts & Education Center���������E4 See ad on back cover. Sugar Creek Sporting Clays and Hunting Preserve�������������������������������������� I9 Time Out Sports Bar & Grill�����������������������F9 See ad on page 25. Tincher Lake�������������������������������������������� B9 Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom Memorial Museum������������������������������������ G9 Wiley Art Gallery (Lawrence Co. Art Association)����������������E5 See ad on page 10. Williams Covered Bridge��������������������������A7 Williams Dam State Recreation Area������ B7

Budget Inn�������������������������������������������������E5 Crest Motel����������������������������������������������� D1 Free Spirit Campground����������������������������I4 Guthrie Meadows B&B�������������������������������I8 Holiday Inn Express����������������������������������E6 See ad on page 27. Midwest Trail Ride Horseman’s Campground��������������������������������������������� H1 See ad on page 9. Mark III Motel������������������������������������������ E5 Mitchell Inn���������������������������������������������� F9 Plaza Motel����������������������������������������������� I4 Quality Inn & Suites ���������������������������������E5 See ad on page 26. Roots Motel�����������������������������������������������E6 Rosemount Motel��������������������������������������E5 Sheriff’s House Bed & Breakfast��������������E5 Spring Mill State Park Inn������������������������ G9 See ad on inside back cover. Super 8 Motel��������������������������������������������E4 See ad on page 28.

Shops and Services Applacres��������������������������������������������������E7 Bass Liquors����������������������������������������������E9 See ad on page 8. Bedford Federal Savings Bank�����������������E5 See ad on page 2. Bedford Ford���������������������������������������������E6 See ad on page 25. Country Pathway���������������������������������������E9 See ad on page 18. Edwards Heating & Cooling����������������������E9 See ad on page 17. Hillside Boarding & Kennel, LLC�������������� D8 See ad on page 19. Hoosier Hills Credit Union�������������������E4, E5 See ad on page 17. Mitchell Chamber of Commerce���������������F9 See ad on page 3. Mundy Family Medical Clinic��������������������E9 See ad on page 17. Papaw Ray’s Woodshed����������������������������E9 See ad on page 18. Root’s RV & Sales��������������������������������������E7 See ad on page 8. This-N-That Antiques���������������������������������E9 See ad on page 18.

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812-849-9355 www.mundymedical.com 157 Teke Burton Dr., Mitchell

Emergency Information IU Health Bedford Regional Medical Center 2900 16th St., Bedford, IN 47421 812-275-1200 Bedford Police Dept. 1617 K St., Bedford, IN 47421 812-275-3311

St. Vincent Dunn Hospital 1600 23rd St., Bedford, IN 47421 812-275-3331 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

Mixed Blessings 111 N 7th St., Mitchell 812-797-0299

Cabin In The Pines 1055 Sunny Acres Dr., Bedford 812-275-5330

Mockingbird Hill 3139 Henderson Creek Rd., Norman 812-834-6462

Country Cabin Crafts 7990 St. Rd. 446, Norman 812-834-5774

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

Country Pathway 780 Old Hwy. 60W, Mitchell 812-675-6140

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

Fun Finds 631 W Main St., Mitchell 812-849-1199 Home Accents & Antiques 9712 St. Rd. 37 N, Bedford 812-508-2337 Main Street Antiques 615 W Main St., Mitchell 812-849-0625 Mitchell Antiques & Museum 619 W Main St., Mitchell 812-849-0625

Peddler’s Corner 1420 H St., Bedford 812-278-3192 Praying Hands 250 Henderson Ln., Bedford 812-277-1460 Primitive Porch 191 Old US 50, Bedford 812-279-0300

Rita’s Décor 5296 Leatherwood Rd., Bedford 812-277-6081 This-N-That Antiques 44 Teke Burton Dr., Mitchell 812-849-4507 Washboard Antiques 935 Washboard Rd., Springville 812-583-2728 The Washhouse 218 Base Rd., Norman 812-276-9541 Wildflower Antiques & Primitive 1524 I St., Bedford 812-329-6909 Woodcrest Farm 1427 Pinhook Rd., Bedford 812-279-5164

The Red Door 4830 Judah-Logan Rd. Bedford 812-797-4820

Country Antiques & Primitives 812-849-4507

44 Teke Burton Drive, Mitchell Follow us on FB for special events

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780 Old Hwy. 60W • 812-675-6140 Primitive & Collectibles Dried Flowers, Gourds & Gifts

Primitive Furniture Kitchen Cabinets & Decor

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Unique Shops Amish & Friends General Store 624 W Main St., Mitchell 812-849-1139 Applacres 9104 St. Rd. 37 N, Bedford 812-279-9721 Aunt Kate’s Consignment 2525 29th St., Bedford 812-277-1815 Bluespring Caverns Gift Shop 1459 Bluespring Caverns Rd., Bedford 812-279-9471 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

Spring Mill Inn Gift Shop 3333 Hwy. 60 E, Mitchell 812-849-4508 Timeless Treasures 1749 US 50 E, Bedford 812-277-0283

Inklings Bookstore 1020 16th St., Bedford 812-675-8524

Twelve Months of Christmas 915 15th St., Bedford 812-275-2001

Lighthouse Christian Bookstore 7956 St. Rd. 37, Bedford 812-279-9979

Day Spas

Lasting Impressions 1815 28th St., Bedford 812-675-0355

Mystique Day Spa Salon 1819 M St, Bedford 812-275-1007

Lawrence County Museum Giftshop 929 15th St., Bedford 812-278-8575

Palms Day Spa & Salon 1845 Steven Ave, Bedford 812-279-5122

Papaw Ray’s Woodshed 119 Old Hwy. 60W 812-797-7278

Vista Spa & Salon 1407 L St., Bedford 812-275-5026

ReGeneration Store 701 W Main St., Mitchell 812-849-0470

COUNTRY NEIGHBORS’ TOURS

A Journey to Remember

Spring Into Summer Reap The Harvest Home For The Holidays

10 am-6 pm

Jun. 9-10 Sep. 8-9 Nov. 9-11

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

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Hillside Boarding & Kennel

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Boarding • Grooming • Training • Supplies

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Music, Art and Culture Little Theatre of Bedford presents Broadway style plays and musicals by volunteers and local actors. 1704 Brian Ln Way, Bedford. www.ltb.org Southern Indiana Live On Stage brings world class entertainment to the stage of the Bedford-North Lawrence Performing Arts Center throughout the year. 812-279-6542, www.SouthernIndianaLive.com Lawrence County Museum of History holds limestone exhibits, artifacts, local carvings and over a thousand genealogy reference books. Free admission. 929 15th St., Bedford. www.lawrencecountyhistory.org

Doors open at 6:00pm Pre-show at 6:30pm All shows at 7:30pm

World-class entertainment with grammy award-winning artists!

For more info: Charles Edwards at cpedwards1949@gmail.com

Venue: Bedford-North Lawrence Performing Arts Center 595 Stars Blvd. • Bedford, IN 47421 www.SouthernIndianaLive.com • (812) 279-6542

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. Be sure to ask about our free Saturday kids’ program, the World of Discovery.

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

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Wiley Art Gallery features regular artist showings and exhibitions and is the home of the Lawrence County Art Association. 1402 J St., Bedford. Learn more at Lawrence County Art Association’s Facebook page. Mitchell Opera House 1906 – The Seventh & Brook Theater Weekly shows include country, bluegrass, gospel, pop, plays and special holiday events. www.mitchelloperahouse.com

A newly renovated historic venue featuring regular Saturday Night shows!

Weekly events and live music scheduled for 2017 include: Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, Rock, Pop, Plays, Holiday Events, and More!

Ticket prices range from $10 -$15. Please visit our website for more information. 217 N 7th Street, Mitchell, IN 47446 • 812-849-4447

www.mitchelloperahouse.com 2017 Mitchell Opera House Events MARCH 3/4 Victoria Banks 3/11 Jake & Courtney 3/25 Christy Miller APRIL 4/1 Grandview Junction 4/8 Hank & My Honky Tonk Heroes 4/15 Stardusters 4/22 Emily Ann Roberts 4/29 Sacred Harmony MAY 5/13 The Rigbys – Beatles Tribute Group 5/20 Linda Smith Band

JUNE 6/3 Kirby Stailey 6/10 Cody Ikerd & The Sidewinders 6/24 Emily Portman Drake JULY 7/8 Terry Lee & The Rockaboogie Band 7/29 Twisted Gold – 60’s Tribute! AUGUST 8/19 Cornfields & Crossroads SEPTEMBER 9/9 Lick Creek Band OCTOBER 10/21 Grandview Junction 10/28 Daryle Singletary 21


Annual Mitchell Persimmon Festival September 23 and 25-30, 2017 The September festival celebrating Lawrence County’s locally-grown fruit has been held in Mitchell for the past 71 years! The event kicks off with a candlelight tour of Spring Mill State Park’s Pioneer Village on Saturday, September 23 and concludes with a showcase parade on Saturday, September 30. Midway rides, live entertainment and food booths are open downtown Monday through Saturday. The multi-day festival also includes a queen contest. Over 330,000 visitors attend the Persimmon Festival each year. Visit www.persimmonfestival.org for up-to-date festival information.

Try Persimmon Pudding! The persimmon is a plum-sized fruit that has an orange color with a unique flavor similar to pumpkin. This unique little fruit grows abundantly in the city of Mitchell. One of the most popular features of the Persimmon Festival is the annual persimmon pudding contest. Persimmon pudding is a baked dessert that tastes similar to pumpkin pie filling. While visiting Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, stop by the Millstone Dining Room in Spring Mill Inn to try the persimmon pudding. Or, bake it at home! Purchase the key ingredient (persimmon pulp) from Applacres, an orchard and general store in Bedford, just north of Mitchell.

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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/Events in 2017 MAY May 6 Sweet Clover May 6 Garden & Home Expo May 27 Heltonville Festival May 29 Huron Memorial Day JUNE June 9-10 Country Neighbors’ Tour

June 30 - July 1 Limestone Heritage Festival & BBQ at the Quarry JULY July 1 Limestone Heritage Festival Parade & Fireworks July 13-17 The ABATE of Indiana Boogie

SEPTEMBER September 8-9 Country Neighbors’ Tour September 23, 25-30 71st Annual Mitchell Persimmon Festival OCTOBER October 7 Bedford Half Marathon October 28 Sweet Clover

July 15-16 Astronauts Weekend

NOVEMBER November 9-11 Country Neighbors’ Tour

June 22-24 Judah Heritage Festival

July 15-22 Lawrence County Fair

November 18 Holiday Village Festival

June 23-25 52nd Annual Gem & Mineral Fossil Show

July 16 Rodeo

June 16-17 Springville Festival

June 24 Chardo-Neigh Wine & Music Festival

AUGUST August 5 Mitchell Hillbilly 500 Race

DECEMBER December 2 Bedford Christmas Parade

Downtown Bedford BBQ at the Quarry Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1 Limestone Heritage Festival Parade Saturday, July 1 6 p.m. Limestone Heritage Fireworks Display Saturday, July 1 Dusk Bedford Christmas Parade Saturday, December 2 6 p.m. www.downtownbedford.org www.bedfordinparades.com 23


Dining Local Favorites Dairy Bell 2474 Hwy. 60 E, Mitchell 812-849-1100 Downtown Stone Pig Smokehouse 1539 J St., Bedford 812-275-5507 Holt’s Café 3047 Old St. Rd. 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 Limestone Café 1015 16th St., Bedford 812-279-0499 Magic Morning Bakery 2513 16th St., Bedford 812-279-2715 Railroad Café 641 W. Main St., Mitchell 812-992-2300 Salt Creek Brewery 466 Old St. Rd. 37 N, Bedford 812-277-8277 Stone Cutters Café & Roastery 919 15th St., Bedford 812-508-5565

Casual Asian Pearl 1309 James Ave, Bedford 812-278-9388

Bob Evans 3321 16th St., Bedford 812-275-8368

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

Buffalo Wings & Rings 3230 John Williams Blvd., Bedford 812-279-2833

Orange Leaf 3338 W John Williams Blvd., Bedford 812-849-6151

Casa Brava Mexican 3405 W 16th St., Bedford 812-275-2558

Pappa’s Restaurant 2615 Mitchell Rd., Bedford 812-275-6225

Denny’s 1035 James Ave., Bedford 812-275-5023

Smokin Jim’s BBQ 1414 Bundy Ln., Bedford 812-276-7417

Empress Court 1102 James Ave., Bedford 812-275-8338

Starbucks Coffee Co. 3015 W 16th St., Bedford 812-278-9187

El Compadre (2 locations) 1608 Wilkins Way, Mitchell 812-849-0340

Timeout Sports Bar & Grill 505 W Main St., Mitchell 812-992-2337

3126 John Williams Blvd, Bedford 812-277-7040

Pizza

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 Mamma’s Mexican-Italian Restaurant 1707 M St., Bedford 812-275-0684 Millstone Dining Room Spring Mill State Park St. Rd. 60 E, Mitchell 812-849-4508 99 Restaurant 2625 16th St., Bedford 812-329-1101

Chicago’s Pizza 3221 St. Rd. 37, Mitchell 812-849-2967 Edna’s 9th & Hwy 60, Mitchell 812-849-6168 Grecco’s Pizza (3 locations) 519 Lincoln Ave, Bedford 812-279-9791 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 2609 W 16th St., Bedford 812-275-4455 Pizza Hut 2111 W 16th St., Bedford 812-275-6600

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

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Winery and Brewery Carousel Winery annually receives national acclaim and numerous awards for their homegrown vintages, available for tasting and purchases. 6058 Lawrenceport Rd., Mitchell. 812-849-1005,

www.carouselwinery.com Salt Creek Brewery, Lawrence County’s first and only brewery, is located in one of the oldest service garages in the county. It is the home of the “Damn Blonde,” an Indiana’s Brewers Cup Gold Medal winner. Stop in, have a beer and see the alignment pit that has been converted to the Brew Pit. 466 Old State Rd. 37, Bedford.

812-277-8277, www.saltcreekbrewery.com HOURS: Dining Room: Sun.-Thur. 11 am - 8 pm Fri.-Sat. 11 am - 9 pm Sports Bar: Mon.-Thur. 11 am - ?? Fri.-Sat. 11 am - 3 am Sun. 1 pm - ??

Delivery available during lunch and dinner hours only. ($3 fee) facebook.com/timeoutsportsbarandgrill2016 (812) 992-2337 • 505 West Main St • Mitchell

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Lodging Budget Inn

2816 Mitchell Rd., Bedford 812-275-7515

Crest Motel

3754 St. Rd. 37 N, Bedford 812-279-2228

Guthrie Meadows B&B

12406 Tunnelton Rd. Tunnelton 812-849-0519 guthriemeadowsbandb.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

2800 Express Lane Bedford 812-279-1206 holidayinnexpress.com/ bedfordin See ad on next page.

The Mark III Motel 1709 M St., Bedford 812-275-5935

Mitchell Inn

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

Plaza Motel

6843 US 50 E, Bedford 812-834-5522

Quality Inn & Suites 911 Constitution Ave. Bedford 812-279-8111 800-274-2974 bedfordqualityinn.com See ad below.

Roots Motel

4027 Mitchell Rd. Bedford 812-279-2228

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

Spring Mill Inn

3333 St. Rd. 60 E Mitchell 812-849-4508 1-877-9-SPRING springmillinn.com See ad on page 29.

Super 8 Motel

501 Bellback Rd. Bedford 812-275-8881 800-800-8000 super8.com See ad on page 28.

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

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Astronauts from Lawrence County Three distinguished men from Lawrence County have played a major role in the exploration of space for the United States.  

Kenneth D. Bowersox

Charles D. Walker was

graduated from Bedford High School and flew on Space Shuttle Columbia.

born in Bedford and was on several Space Shuttle missions.

Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom was born in Mitchell and was one of the original seven Mercury astronauts in 1959. He died with two other astronauts in a fire during a launch pad test on January 27, 1967. 

Grissom Memorial at Spring Mill State Park A tribute to the Mitchell-born astronaut who was a pioneer in America’s exploration of outer space is located inside the park. This interactive museum features Grissom’s space suit, the capsule he piloted and actual artifacts of his life and career. Open daily 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Grissom Monument A limestone statue of the Titan II Rocket with Grissom’s Gemini III “Unsinkable Molly Brown” capsule stands on the lawn of Mitchell’s City Hall. Hand-carved in the base is the history of Gus Grissom’s military and NASA careers. 409 S 6th St., Mitchell.

Grissom Boyhood Home/Museum This museum celebrates the life of Grissom, located in the family home where he grew up at 715 W Grissom Ave. The home is open to visitors most Saturdays from Memorial Day through October. See ad on page 12.

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

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405 I St., Bedford, IN 47421 Office: (812) 279-8126 Toll-Free: (877) 707-6282 Fax: (812) 279-6210 Facebook: facebook.com/stonegateartsandeducation/ Website: 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, allowing area residents the opportunity to further their educational goals locally.

Lawrence County Indiana Visitor Guide  

Visitor information for Bedford and Mitchell in Southern Indiana.

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