Rensselaer, Indiana: Small Town, Big Heart

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Rensselaer, Indiana: Small Town, Big Heart

Jasper County Courthouse in Rensselaer, Indiana

Jasper County Courthouse in Rensselaer, Indiana

What Rensselaer, Indiana lacks in size it makes up for in loads of charm.

Rensselaer is just one of those small Indiana towns where you constantly find yourself saying, “Wow! Look at that house! There are a lot of fancy Victorians all over the place.

Rensselaer, Indiana in Jasper County

One of my favorite features of a small town is the presence of a stately courthouse. Rensselaer boasts an imposing Gothic styled three story courthouse.

Stone-carved figures and expressive (translation: creepy) faces line the doorways, keeping watch over the town since 1896!

Inside, well, let’s just say you are in for a surprise, but here‘s a hint: Marble flooring, stenciled ceilings…super sharp. Be sure to poke around!

Surrounding the massive courthouse, “The Square,”  is where much of the action in town takes place. Cobblestone streets line two sides and it isn’t hard to imagine the sounds of horse hooves once clacking along pulling carriages in front of the turn-of-the century buildings.
Jasper County Courthouse in Rensselaer, Indiana

Downtown Rensselaer, Indiana

Sure, some could use a little TLC, but for the most part it is a really neat downtown with some fun little shops. Everyone is ready with a smile or a simple “hello.”  I love that!

The great thing about Rensselaer, Indiana, though, is that there always seems to be something going on, many times located on the bricks around The historic Square itself.

Art in the Alley, Little Cousin Jasper, the County Fair, Oktoberfest, Art Camp…and the list goes on.  That doesn’t even count the events and activities that occur at the nearby St. Joseph’s College!

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Rensselaer, Indiana is a great choice for a fun-filled, family-oriented small town escape.

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Rensselaer, Indiana in Jasper County

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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."

One Comment

  1. Ray and Sunny Unseitig September 12, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Nice article. Thanks Jessica.

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