Open in the summer
Formerly known as the Jefferson Proving Ground, the 50,000 acres is now managed wildlife. Activities are held throughout the year by the Big Oaks Conservation Society. Old Timbers, an old lodge on the property is the site for many events.
Visit the Versailles State Park Bluegrass Festival the first full weekend of October each year and enjoy two full days of live regional Bluegrass bands. Bring your lawn chairs, but no alcohol for this family event. Food is available. For more information, contact the Ripley County Tourism Bureau at 888-747-5394.
Ripley County, Indiana is home to two covered bridges: Busching Covered Bridge and Otter Creek Bridge. The Busching Bridge, near Versailles at the Versailles State Park entrance, was built in 1885. Otter Creek Bridge, near Holton, was built in 1884. The bridges are listed on the Ripley County Map. Contact the Ripley County Tourism Bureau for more information 812-689-7431.
The Damm family start a theatre in this location in 1922. The building was remodeled and opened again in June 2008.
Wed-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-8pm; Summer: 9am-8pm (9am-12pm buffet)Take a break from the hectic pace of the world and escape to the state-of-the-art winery that opened in the fall of 2006. Watch wine being made through the great-room windows or the scenery of the gently rolling hills as you enjoy lunch or dinner and tasting over 10 wines.
Dr. C.W. Gibson built this theatre in 1921, first for theatrical plays and later "talking pictures"
Holes: 18, Par: 72, Yards: 7404
Holes: 9, Par: 36, Yards: 3173
Retrace the steps of infamous John Hunt Morgan's raid through Indiana, the only Civil War battles in the state. Relive the times as you travel through Ripley and six other Indiana counties. Maps available at the Ripley County Tourism Office/ Welcome Center, 220 East U.S. 50, Versailles.
Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri 10am-9:30pm, Sat 11am-9:30pmOne of the county's top hot spots, visit Lil'Charlie's Restaurant and Brewery for great food AND beer! They carry over 55 beers, plus 5 of their own microbrews.
Wed-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun noon-4pm, Mon-Tues by appointment onlyThe story known around the world, the famous small-town basketball team from Milan won the State Championship in 1954, inspiring the movie "Hoosiers".
The small, quaint village in the valley of Friendship is home to the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. Each fall and spring the Association hosts national competitions when people come from all over the country and world to compete. Primitive lifestyles of pre-1840s can be seen on the hillside across from the shooting range. Education has become a passion for the organization and special events are held throughout the year to teach people of all ages about history and firearms.Lore of the Laughery is a wonderful time in May for all ages to experience the past from the mid 1700s to early 1800s. See how people lived and hear the music of the time by military bands and fife & drum corps.Each fall and spring, during the shoots, flea markets are held in and around town. Treasures can be bought and sold throughout the week-long events.
Fri-Sat 2pm-6pm, Sun noon-4pmVisit the Osgood Museum to see how they are preserving the physical evidence of the history of Osgood.
Enjoy all seasons of the year driving the back roads of Ripley County. The paved roads will take you through peaceful countryside adorned by nature and into small towns where you can stretch your legs or check into an inn or B&B for the night. Stop by the Ripley County Tourism Bureau Office, 220 East U.S. 50, Versailles, for a map.
Mon-Fri 1pm-4pmThe place to visit to research your family&$39;s roots.
The museum is open each Sunday from 2-4 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as well as the last Saturday of September.Members of the Historical Society have collected many artifacts from throughout the county to have on display for visitors.
The hub of activity in Osgood much of the summer, the fairgrounds is host to many activities, from horsemen events to yard sales to fundraisers. The annual Ripley County 4-H Fair is held there each July. They also now have a camp ground.
If you have an extra few minutes during the workday while in Versailles, stop by and the Ripley County Tourism Bureau at the Welcome Center.
Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pmOver 40,000 sq ft of boutique shops in a newly renovated historic furniture factory. Antiques, jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor, garden essentials, food court, game arcade, and more! Check our website and theirs for a list of special events!
Built in the late 1870s and 1880s, Ripley County is home to many stone arch bridges. Ripley County is one of very few counties that still have handcrafted stone arch bridges in use. They are located on a 4-color Ripley County map provided by the Ripley County Commissioners. The maps are available in many county offices, as well as at the Ripley County Welcome Center, 220 E. U.S. 50, Versailles, Indiana.
Call Ripley County Tourism Bureau at 888-747-5394.
Call Ripley County Tourism Bureau at 888-747-5394.
Mon-Fri 8am-4pmThe Sunman Museum, made up mostly of the private collection of a Sunman descendent, is located at the Sunman Town Hall on S.R. 101 in Sunman.
Choose from 52 cabins to rent for a fun weekend away, or bring your camper for a stay. Fishing, boating, activities and more!
Dedicated May 16, 1937, this Art Deco church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was created of materials collected around the world.
Spend a day, or two, traveling the countryside and learning about the history of the Underground Railroad throughout Ripley County, as well as other places of historic note. Five driving tours are outlined in a free booklet that you can follow, mile by mile. The trails all begin on the Ripley County Courthouse Square in Versailles. Brochures are available at the Ripley County Historical Society (on the Courthouse Square in Versailles), OR the Ripley County Tourism Bureau located at 220 E. US 50 in Versailles. Brochures are located outside the Tourism Bureau/Welcome Center so they are available 24/7.
Need a family get-away? Versailles State Park is a great place to kick back and relax or get energized hiking the trails, boating, swimming, or horseback riding. Sit by the fire at your campsite and share stories with your family and friends or create new "fish tales" on Versailles Lake. Bring your family or business for a retreat at the group camp. Once a year take the opportunity to listen to great Bluegrass music as the leaves turn during the beginning of October. Enjoy the lakefront view as the music treats your soul.Some of the state's best Mountain Bicycle Trails; and home to Indiana's only Civilian Conservation Corps statue, representing the work done by CCC men in the 1930s and 40s, including many buildings at Versailles State Park.
Versailles State Park Mountain Bike Trail, designed and constructed by the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association volunteers. This is more than 15 miles of trails, all medium difficulty, except for the easy Turtle Trail.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDaQIHeY0Q4Contact Ripley County Tourism Bureau for a copy of the Southeast Indiana Bike Trails brochure.
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 8am-noonThe family-owned woodworking shop is known all over the world for its creative, extraordinary work. Stop by and take a tour, visit the gift shop.