Nashville is the service center for Brown County and a nice place to visit. You'll find lots of boutiques, gift shops and unique items for your home. It's not the cheap tourist trinkets, but real craftsman made clothing, chimes, garden fixtures, home furnishing, etc. I don't shop much this way, but it's quality and unique. The variety of restaurants is tremendous and it's easy to reach from the park. Lodging is also readily available from B&B's to resorts and comfortable hotels. It's a welcoming town.
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Abe Martin, for whom the Lodge at Brown County State Park is named, is not a real person but rather a cartoon character. He was the creation of Kin Hubbard, who was a cartoonist for the Indianapolis News from 1905-1930. The "Abe Martin of Brown County" comics were syndicated to hundreds of newspapers throughout the United States.
Hubbard, who was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, settled in Indianapolis and started the Abe Martin Character in 1904. In one of his early cartoons Abe quipped: "I'm goin' ter move ter Brown County Tewmorrow." The next day he was depicted in a wagon piled high with household goods - headed for the hills. For the next quarter of a century the fictional character lived in southern Indiana, providing a picturesque backdrop for Hubbard's work and Abe's quips. The ridge on which the lodge stands is called Hubbard Ridge and the cottages in the Abe Martin Lodge bear the names of other characters in the Abe Martin series.
I am too young to remember Abe Martin, or his creator, Kin Hubbard. However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the numerous copies of his work on display in the lodge. Will Rogers, who rightly might be called America's greatest humorist, once called Kin Hubbard "America's greatest humorist."
Hubbard's cartoons were a catalyst in drawing many artists and tourists to Brown County. Today Brown County is home to a world famous art colony, and is one of the most popular vacation spots in the Midwest.
Within the confines of Brown County State Park are two small lakes: Ogle lake, with a surface area of 17 acres, and Strahl Lake, covering 7 acres. These offer opportunity for water activities such as fishing and canoeing.
One of the prettier hiking trails within the park encircles Strahl Lake. Just below the lake is a cascading waterfall which was created by the spillway. We passed this falls and took a picture on one of our hikes. It would make a pretty spot for a picnic.
Brown County Picnic Areas