Jackson County IN Welcomes Visitors to the Crossroads of Southern Indiana
Hailing as the Crossroads of Southern Indiana, Jackson County sits, almost to the mile, in the middle of Indianapolis and Louisville, KY. It is only a few hours from Cincinnati and a few more from Chicago, thus being on the way everywhere. The nearly 42,000 citizens that make up Jackson County IN are filled with pride in their communities, and welcome visitors to their quaint, picturesque surroundings they call home.
Jackson County prides itself on festivals. Everything from the Red, White and Blue Festival to the Watermelon Festival can be found in our small towns. Others include the Freetown July Festival, Fort Vallonia Days, Seymour Oktoberfest and even a Log Cabin Day! The pride and joy of the area is the Jackson County Fair. It is known statewide as one of the highest attended fairs and is the only free fair left in the state.
The outdoors can be found in abundance in Jackson County. The Starve Hollow State Recreation Area provides plenty of fishing, hunting, camping and miles of hiking trails. The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge provides resting and feeding areas for waterfowl and migratory birds and covers 8,000 acres in which to hike, bike, fish, and hunt. The Jackson-Washington State Forest and its beautiful vistas are found in Jackson County, as is a portion of Hoosier National Forest.
Seymour is the largest community in Jackson County. Though it sits on the major thoroughfares of the state, it is a known national crossroads for the rail lines. With the success of the railroad came trouble. In 1866, the Reno Brothers and their gang boarded an O&M train and proceeded to rob the train, thus going down in history as the world’s first train robbery.
Another notable historical event that Seymour takes unfortunate claim to is the Freeman Field Mutiny. The field served as a training facility for helicopter pilots and the Tuskegee Airmen were a few of the more than 5,000 soldiers on base. An attempt was made to enter the white-only Officers Club, resulting in a mutiny that led to court martials and the removal of the Tuskegee Airmen from the base. The actions of the Airmen inspired the racial integration of the United States military. The Freeman Army Air Field Museum pays homage to this history and displays pieces of the field’s past.
Seymour is the hometown to rocker John Mellencamp and former Miss America Katie Stam. Southern Indiana Center for the Arts is home to the only permanent collection of Mellencamp’s paintings in the world. The center is ever-changing and includes a pottery barn, a print shop and an outdoor stage used to sponsor various music events throughout the year.
Jackson County is what Sunday drives are all about. Many visit the covered bridges including the Shieldstown Bridge and the Medora Bridge, which is recorded as the longest spanning covered bridge in the US. The countryside is peppered with round barns and farm markets. Stop by the Jackson County Visitor Center, housed in an historic freight depot, to learn more!
Jackson County Visitor Center