Agriculture has long been a major industry in Indiana and especially in Jackson County, where the farm community has always played a major role. This tour is a tribute to the “living farms” and the people who make them one of our county’s most important assets.
This is an enjoyable, education and interesting adventure for the entire family or group. You will experience everything from the most modern farming operation to the quaint little family farm of yesteryear. There will be many animals to observe on the farms and in their natural habitat. Don’t forget to check your supply of gasoline, snacks and beverages before you head for the countryside. Some of the most beautiful vistas and drives are available in this part of Jackson County. You may even want to enjoy a picnic alongside the river at one of the covered bridges, or in the picnic area at Starve Hollow State Recreation Area.
The tour can be completed in a couple of hours or it can take up to half a day, depending upon your interests and how long you want to visit. Drive carefully!
- Schneider’s Nursery – 3066 E. U.S. 50, Seymour. This, the largest nursery in Southern Indiana, sells landscaping and garden plants both on the wholesale and retail levels. Open year round, the nursery also offers professional landscaping services and spans hundreds of acres on both sides of Highway 50 between Seymour and Brownstown.
- Shieldstown Covered Bridge – One mile north of U.S. 50, turn right at County Road 200N. Built in 1876, by J.J. Daniels, the 355 foot long structure spans the East Fork of the White River and carried traffic until 1980.
- Long Lane Farm – 1876 E. County Road 400S., Brownstown. Owned and operated by the Nierman family for over 140 years, the farm covers more than 300 acres and specializes in Brown Swiss Cattle. The cows and embryos are sold throughout the U.S. and several foreign countries and the Nierman’s have won numerous state and national awards for their cattle.
- Vallonia Nursery, Division of Forestry – 2782 W. County Road 540S., Vallonia. Approximately four and a half million seedlings are grown here annually. Sixty different species are raised on the 250-acre facility including conifers and hardwoods.
- Driftwood State Fish Hatchery – 4931 S. County Road 250W., Vallonia. This facility raises 250,000 two-inch bass, 20,000 four-inch largemouth bass and 8,500 channel catfish annually in nine rearing ponds. Most are transported to state recreation areas, lakes and ponds.
- Starve Hollow State Recreation Area – 4345 S. County Road 275W., Vallonia. In this state recreation area, you’ll find swimming, fishing, boat rentals and camping, a beach and playground equipment. This truly is a gem in Jackson County and was once the largest man-made lake in Indiana.
- Tiemeyer’s Farm Market – 3147 S. County Road 300W., Vallonia. Tiemeyer’s is well known for great perennials, annuals and produce and a large variety of gourds, pumpkins and squash in the fall. The farm market features an ice cream shop and is a great place to stop for lunch.
- Medora Covered Bridge – State Road 235, Medora. This bridge was built in 1875 by J.J. Daniels at a cost of $18,142 and is the longest three-span covered bridge in the United States at 434 foot long with 12 foot overhangs. The bridge was restored in 2011.
- Stuckwish Round Barn – 4405 S. County Road 460W., Vallonia. This barn was constructed in 1910-1911 at a cost of $1,500. This is one of 2 round barns that remain in the county.
- Kamman’s Farm Market – 4683 S. State Road 135, Vallonia. Kamman’s Farm Market is known throughout the state for supplying some of the most delicious watermelon and cantaloupe. The family farm has a long history in Jackson County and brings delicious treats to visitors.
- Swifty Farms – 351 S. U.S. Highway 31, Seymour. Swifty Farms is Indiana’s largest horse farm and is considered to be Indiana’s premier breeding operation. The farm boasts nearly 400 acres and has more than 30 broodmares, many of which are stakes producers or stakes winners. Visit www.swiftyfarms.com. Group tours are available.
- Hoosier Heartland Alpacas LLC. – 2500 N. County Road 1000W., Seymour, 812-445-7874. Ed and Juvonda Jones became interested in alpacas as a retirement plan. That plan is now their passion. Hoosier Heartland houses more than a dozen alpacas and a small gift shop/country store. Juvonda enjoys knitting and crocheting and the shop features yarn and a variety of items from their alpacas. Several events held throughout the year. Tours and groups welcome.
We hope you enjoy your scenic tour of Jackson County, Indiana!
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