It’s hard to take your eyes off of the amazing Randolph County Courthouse in Winchester, Indiana, isn’t it? That one just has everything: wonderful architecture and a great story to go with it! What? You missed my article about the “Calendar Girls?”
A group of senior bridge card players decided to “bare all” in order to save the courthouse from demolition by backwards town officials. You can read about the Calendar Girls right here. However, if you do stop gawking at the courthouse for five minutes, you can enjoy quaint downtown Winchester. This town has a population just under 5,000 people (as of the 2010 census). They have quite a few notable people who were born and/or raised in the town: the director of Citizen Kane and Sound of Music, Robert Wise; an early 1920s governor, James P. Goodrich; bassist Randy Jo Hobbs, The McCoys; even a senator, Indy car driver, and then some. Neat!
Spacious and occasionally tree-lined, the Randolph County Courthouse square is really nice. I love the old buildings! There’s a great selection of shops downtown. Not quite enough to fill all the store fronts but there’s enough available to make it a nice shopping destination. There’s cafes and the wonderful Round the Corner Cafe, one of the best farmer’s markets ever (you can find an article about that one, too), and miscellaneous shops too! Seriously, you’ve got to pay close attention to these small town shops. If we didn’t, we would never have learned that Meek’s Consignment and Antique Store hand paints the dishware! That was just incredible.
Stroll along the square, pop into the shops, talk to people, and enjoy a bit of mostly peaceful small town life. You might like it so much you’ll never want to leave!
Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!
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