Friday, March 23, 2012

Bloomin' Good Times in Dubois County

Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand
 Located in the rolling hills of Southwestern Indiana, Dubois County was named in honor of Toussaint Dubois, a Frenchman who lived in nearby Vincennes, Indiana. The first settlers, many of who were of German and Irish descent,  came to this area in the early 1800s because of its abundant forests and wildlife.  A

 buffalo trace that ran through this part of Indiana also attracted many settlers, some coming here in 1801 to settle along the trace which ran from Vincennes to Jeffersonville, Indiana near Louisville, Kentucky.

The turret at Monastery Immaculate Conception
German Catholics were attracted to the area as there was a large Catholic settlement in Vincennes.  They built many wonderful cathedrals in the small towns of Dubois including in Jasper, Huntingburg and most famously, Ferdinand, where the magnificent Monastery Immaculate Conception, built in 1867 and located on 190 acres of undulating hillside, is located.

Each of the towns in the county are distinctive and each has a rich architectural and historical aura.
Historic 4th Street in downtown Huntingburg

Huntingburg so represents small town America that several major motion pictures were filmed there including A League of Their Own, Soul of the Game and The Flood.
This spring, as flowers are blooming, follow the winding roads through the charming cities and hamlets of Dubois County.

For more information on what to do in
Dubois County, click here.

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