Explore the charming downtowns in Dubois County
Discover the heart of each of the downtown districts in Dubois County. Where history meets modern charm, stroll along the picturesque streets lined with unique fashion boutiques, cozy cafes, children’s boutiques, home decor shops and more! Home to family-friendly festivals throughout the entire year, Jasper, Huntingburg and Ferdinand welcome visitors and residents alike to experience a warm community atmosphere all year round!
Downtown Square in Jasper
Downtown Jasper offers something for everyone! Explore the rich heritage, indulge in local flavors and make memories that last a lifetime!
Shop Local. Home to a variety of locally-owned shops, showcasing everything from modern home decor, fashion boutiques for men, women and children, a specialty chocolate & gift store, shoe store, furniture and more!
Dining Delights. Satisfy your taste buds with delicious BBQ options, cafe’s & bistros, and local pubs with items on the menu for everyone! Downtown Jasper boasts a culinary scene that caters to all preferences.
Cultural Experience. Immerse yourself in the arts and culture Jasper. Explore galleries featuring local, regional and national artists at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center, catch a live performance at the Astra Theater located around the square, or join in the community events that celebrate the rich heritage of Dubois County.
Events & Festivals. Downtown Jasper hosts events throughout the entire year including Shop & Sip events the 3rd Wednesday in the months of May through December. Make plans to catch movies on Main featuring family movies shown at the Astra Theater on Saturdays in Jan. through April at 2pm. In the springtime, Music on Main will take place in April & May from 11 – 1pm. A live musician will setup to play in one of the quadrants around the square.
In 2023, a major renovation was completed around the downtown square in Jasper, Indiana. Complete in the fall, just in the time for the most important time of year for the local merchants, the Holiday Season. The project’s purpose was to replace the infrastructure under the roads that had caused complications for the City for many years. When making plans to renovate, it was decided to improve the quandrants to include more social gathering spaces, welcoming both residents and visitors to spend more time downtown and support the local businesses. The alley ways were a separate project that Jasper’s Main Street program, Heart of Jasper took on. Working with the IU Center for Rural Engagement, all alley ways plan to be improved by the end of 2024. See below the beautiful artwork completed in some of the alleys as of 2023.
Old Jasper District
Located just a few blocks from the courthouse square, explore the “Old Jasper District”, a charming and historic enclave nestled in the heart of Jasper. Steeped with history and brimming with character, this district invites you to step back in time and experience the rich tapestry of the community’s past.
Jasper City Mill is a working grist mill incorporating features of the two earlier mills that sat on the river bank years ago. Learn about the history and hear stories of how Abraham Lincoln was a visitor to the Mill with his father to grind the family’s grain. View memorabilia on display throughout the mill and get a tour to watch the workings of mill.
Spirit of Jasper Train All aboard the Spirit of Jasper Train for a scenic excursion aboard beautifully renovated, climate-controlled lounge cars. The train depot is a replica of the former structure build in 1906, featuring an old fashioned ticket window, roll top desks, pot belly stove and authentic memorabilia.
Alexander One Room School House First built in 1820, it was one of the first three schools in Dubois County. It’s original location was near present day Shiloh Church and was moved in 1859 to the Kellams family farm and renamed the Alexander School after the Alexander descendants of the Kellams family. In 1915 the school burned and the new school was built in 1918. In 2021 the barn was donated and moved to its current location in the Old Jasper District.
Riverwalk & Plaza Stretching over 2 miles along the Patoka River, take a walk, bike ride or run through the scenic wooded area and along the farm fields in Jasper. Park at the Jasper City Mill, Train Depot or at the Plaza, located off 4th Street.
Schaeffer Barn Through an offical ROJAC project, the barn was disassembled in 2005 and reassembled in its present location by a group of volunteers. The architecture of the Schaeffer Barn is typical of a typical German building with a stone foundation and chestnut logs and the construction technique of half-dovetail notches.
Local Cafés in Downtown Jasper
These popular Cafés are located in the heart of downtown Jasper, offering a wide-variety of breakfast, brunch, lunch options sure to savor any craving. Whether you are looking for a sweet start to the day where Parlour Doughnuts or Cafe Pina is your place or do you prefer a hardy breakfast at Cranberries. Dubois County has a variety of restuarants sure to satisfy any taste bud.
SHOP TILL YOU DROP
Browse the boutiques & specialty shops located in and around the downtown square!
Shop in downtown Jasper for unique and trendy home decor, jewelry from local artisans, one-of-a-kind clothing and shoes, crafts, toys, quality furniture, handmade soaps, party supplies, kitchenware & sweet treats!
Huntingburg 4th Street
Nestled in the heart of Southern Indiana, Huntingburg’s downtown district offers a unique blend of quaint shops, delightful eateries, and a warm community atmosphere that sets the community apart from any other Main Street.
Culinary Delights. Savor the flavors of Huntingburg in the charming eateries on 4th Street. From cozy cafes & coffee shops, to a brewery and upscale restaurants and pubs, discover why the local cuisine is a favorite among residents and visitors alike.
Community Events. Huntingburg hosts strolling events in all seasons of the year. Visit for the Choclate Walk in February, the Daffodil Stroll in the Spring, the Pumpkin Stroll in September and the popular Christmas Stroll in early November! From May – Sept. stop by on Saturday mornings at Market Street Park for the weekly Farmer’s Market.
History. 4th Street is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Huntingburg takes pride in its historic architecture. Wander the streets and marvel at the well-preserved buildings that tell the story of the town.
Market Street Park
Market Street Park is a social gathering space feautring a covered pavilion, swings, patio tables and chairs with umbrellas, a beautiful amphitheater and greenspace to relax and enjoy one of the many community festivals and events throughout the year.
Garden Gate Jazz Wine & Craft Beer Festival takes place in late April with live jazz music playing. Wineries and Breweries set up offering samples and food trucks sell their specialty items! Admission tickets are available for purchase prior to or can be bought the day of the event to cover the cost of sampling and for the live music.
4th Fridays take place in the months of May, June, July and August, welcoming residents and visitors alike to enjoy the FREE music and family fun. Food Trucks are available to purchase food from.
The Huntingburg Farmer’s Market takes place under the covered pavilion and is from June through September on Saturday mornings beginning at 7am.
August 31 – Sept. 1, experience the Latino Cultural Festival, hosted by ALASI in Market Street Park. With live entertainment on the main stage, delicious latino dishes and booths and more, come experience this unique festival in Huntingburg, IN.
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A charming town nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana.
The Monastery Immaculate Conception, known as the “Castle on the Hill”, can be seen from East bound lane on I-64 and draws visitors to explore the quaint town. Discover the stunning architecture and serene surroundings of the Monastery, home to the Sister’s of St. Benedict. Take a guided tour to learn the history of the Sisters and beautiful chapel and don’t forget to stop at the St. Benedict’s Brewery, located on the Monastery grounds, offering unique craft brews with not only a clever names but great taste!
Unique shops located in the heart of the town include Tin Lizzie’s Home Decor & Gifts, Traditional Arts Today, the Antique Emporium and the Monastery Gift Shop. Browse these hidden gems for the perfect gift for loved ones and special occasions. Traditional Arts Today also offer workshops and classes teaching the work of traditioanal arts.
Bring the family to enjoy 18th Street Park or the Old Town Lake. 18th Street Park offers a walking path, playground equipment for both toddlers & school-aged kids, basketball/pickleball court, a disc golf course, shelter houses and softball field. Old Town Lake has a 1 mile walking path around the beautiful lake featuring a kayak launch and fishing pier.
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