Brown County State Park is Indiana's largest state park
Near Historic Artists Colony of Nashville, Indiana
Indiana's favorite Playground
Brown County Indiana State Park
Brown County State Park is Indiana's most popular state park located close to the historic artists colony of Nashville, Indiana
T.C. Steele State Historic Site
Brown County Indiana
T.C. STEELE State Historic Site
We felt and believed that here in this hill country were
evidences of a character in the outdoors that would command
of us our best and finest spirit.
Selma N. Steele
The House of the Singing Winds
Theodore Clement Steele (1847-1926), noted Indiana artist and
member of the Hoosier Group of American regional impressionist
painters, was inspired by the picturesque scenes that he
encountered in Brown County.
In 1907, Steele and his second wife, Selma Neubacher Steele,
purchased 211 acres in Brown County and began construction of
their home, which they named The House of the Singing Winds.
They built the Large Studio to accommodate Steele’s work and
landscaped the surrounding hillsides to enhance the beauty
of their property. Selma Steele created several acres of gardens
around the home that are enjoyed by visitors today.
From 1907-1921 the Steeles wintered in Indianapolis.
They established a home in Bloomington when Steele became
artist in residence at Indiana University in 1922.
Each spring they returned to their Brown County property.
As Steele’s reputation grew, an increasing number of visitors
were attracted to Brown County to meet the artist and to see
his work and estate.
Steele was at the forefront of the state’s art movement,
and is still one of Indiana’s most honored artists.
His appreciation of nature, combined with his intelligence
and his capacity for concentrated study,
raised his works to an extraordinary level.
The T.C. Steele State Historic Site, bequeathed to the
state of Indiana by Selma Steele at her death in 1945,
is a fitting tribute to this Indiana artist.
Guided tours are offered through The House of the Singing
Winds and the Large Studio where changing exhibits
display paintings done throughout Steele's life.
The site includes four hiking trails,
the Dewar Log Cabin and the 90 acre Selma Steele Nature
Preserve. Mrs. Steele's gardens display a festival
of flowers from spring to autumn.
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