This picturesque single-span covered bridge, over Bean Blossom Creek, was built in 1880 by Joseph Basley. It was originally on the main road leading from Bean Blossom to Nashville, Indiana, but was later bypassed by State Route 135. Today the bridge can be accessed via Covered Bridge Road, a paved road wiich leads to the west off St. Rt. 135 just south of downtown Bean Blossom. South of the bridge, Covered Bridge Road is an unpaved gravel lane, which winds its way up a high hill and re-connects with State Road 135 near the Bean Blossom Overlook.
Because of it's proximity to the well-known artists colony in nearby Nashville, the Bean Blossom Covered Bridge is probably the subject of more paintings and photographs than any other covered bridge in Indiana.
Driving south from Bean Blossom along State Route 135, the road winds its way to the top of a high hill. There on the west side of the highway you will find the Bean Blossom Overlook. It is a rest area provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
The overlook is comprised of a parking area and a nice picnic shelter. Since we were there on a mid-winter afternnon we could see Bean Blossom below, through the trees. The overlook provides only a limited view, which would be even less during summer with the trees in leaf. However, it is a very pleasant spot for a picnic.
Bean Blossom is home to the oldest continuously running bluegrass festival in the world. The festival was started by Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass," in the mid 1960s. Although hillbilly music has been around for much longer, it was Monroe and his high lonesome sound that began the modern-day popularity of bluegrass music, which continues to grow to this day.
At the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park there is an auditorium which not only hosts the annual Bluegrass Festival, but also other concerts in the Brown County Jamboree. There is a museum, gift shop, campground, and a flea market on the premises.
Karen and I read an advertisement for this restaurant when we were staying nearby at the Brown County State Park. I couldn't resist eating a meal at a place called Bean Blossom. Turns out, it was a great choice. This is a very "basic" local eatery with good down home cookin', friendly folks and very reasonable prices. We enjoyed our meal, and will return if we are ever in the area again.
I told our server, Keri, that we were celebrating a special occasion and asked if she would take our photo, which you see above. After Kari took the picture, Karen asked me what the special occasion was. I told her that any meal I shared with my beautiful bride was always special.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the Sunday lunch special, Fried Chicken with Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, and a roll. The Veggies were okay. The Chicken was done to perfection. Karen enjoyed a chicken salad which also looked good.