Features a collection of the history of Batesville and the surrounding area complete with a business display on the second floor and featured exhibits throughout the year on the first floor. Books and souvenirs available. Hours are THU & FRI - 10:00-2:00 & SAT 9:00-12:00. To visit the museum during other hours, please call Carolyn at 812-934-3266. BAHS@etczone.com - best way to contact us for any other information. Free admission - freewill donations accepted. Located at 15 W. George Street - Batesville, IN 47006
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 50,000 acres in 3 counties (Jefferson, Jennings, and Ripley) and overlays that portion of the former Jefferson Proving Ground that lies north of the historic firing line where munitions were once tested. The Indiana Air National Guard operates an air-to-ground bombing range on the remaining 1,033 acres of the former proving ground north of the firing line and this property is surrounded by but not designated as part of the refuge. Jefferson Proving Ground was established by the Army in 1940 as an ordnance testing installation and closed in 1995. Beginning in 1996, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managed the wildlife resources of the proving ground. Big Oaks Refuge was established in June 2000 as an “overlay” national wildlife refuge through a 25-year real estate permit from the U.S. Army. As an overlay refuge, the Army retains ownership and the Fish and Wildlife Service manages the property as Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.
Know Before You Go
Because of the past use and history of the property as an ordinance testing facility, all visitors must view a safety video and sign an acknowledgement of danger form prior to entering the refuge. You can view the safety video and purchase an access permit at the refuge office on public use days (Mondays, Fridays, and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month mid-April through November) closed on federal holidays. During hunting seasons, the safety video will be shown at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. on public use days and the day before the hunt.
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)
Wine tasting, gourmet dinners-steaks, fresh fish, and more lunch-sandwiches, salads and soups. Winery tours available.
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.
Old Mill Campground, SR 62, Friendship, IN 47021 United States+ Google Map
Relax in the quiet splendor of Friendship while listening to live regional Bluegrass bands on the banks of Laughery Creek. Music, and food! Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday 11 am-8s pm. $5/person/day (+ camping if applicable). Ripley County Tourism Bureau (812) 689-7431 or www.friendshipmusicfestival.com. Join us Friday night at 7pm for a Pickin’ Party at the Old Mill Campground! Follow us on Facebook (Former Versailles State Park Bluegrass Festival) Camping reservations and tickets: 1-888- 428-7311 http://www.cincyticket.com/2014 Poster
For more information, contact the Ripley County Tourism Bureau at 888-747-5394.
Dr. C.W. Gibson built this theatre in 1921, first for theatrical plays and later "talking pictures".
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-9:30pm
One 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 only
The 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.
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.
Mon-Fri 9 am-4 pm
The Sunman History Museum is a uniquely accessible, local history museum located in the Town Hall on the north side of Sunman, opposite the fire station.
The museum features the original 1856 plat of Sunman, the 1930’s jail, artifacts of early pioneer families, including the Sunmans, a map showing the route taken by Indiana’s 83rd Infantry Regiment from Vicksburg to Savannah, and a display showing the origins of local church-related communities emigrating from specific locations in Germany, France, Britain and Switzerland.
There are also memorabilia from local businesses, a collection of photos from all 50 Sunman High School graduating classes, high school yearbooks, earlier grade school photos with names attached, displays about Morgan’s raid, early fashion, uniforms, toys, the railroad and the fire of 1905. Admission is free.
Please note that through the months of October and November, 2014, the museum will only be open on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s.
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.