Beanblossom, Indiana

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Unincorporated community
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Brown County's location in Indiana
Brown County's location in Indiana
Beanblossom is located in Brown County, Indiana
Location in Brown County
Coordinates: 39°16′01″N 86°14′57″W / 39.26694°N 86.24917°W / 39.26694; -86.24917Coordinates: 39°16′01″N 86°14′57″W / 39.26694°N 86.24917°W / 39.26694; -86.24917
Country United States
State Indiana
County Brown
Township Jackson
Elevation 735 ft (224 m)
ZIP code 46160
FIPS code 18-03790[1]
GNIS feature ID 430609[2]

Beanblossom, also spelled Bean Blossom, is an unincorporated community in Jackson Township, Brown County, Indiana. The town was named for the nearby Beanblossom Creek, which was in turn named for a 19th-century settler whose surname was Beanblossom, who had once nearly drowned in its surging water. After almost dying, Beanblossom vowed revenge on the creek. He built a cabin nearby from which he could keep an eye on the creek in case it tried to drown him again. His descendants continued to live in that cabin until recently, eventually overcoming their fear of the creek by building a covered bridge across it. However, to hide their former fear and shame, his descendants changed their name from Beanblossom to Hutchison.[3]


Beanblossom was originally called Georgetown, for George Grove who ran a grist mill in the area and under the latter name was founded in 1833.[4] The first post office in the community was established as Bean Blossom in 1842; the post office was discontinued in 1911.[5]


Beanblossom is located at 39°16′01″N 86°14′57″W / 39.26694°N 86.24917°W / 39.26694; -86.24917, about four miles (6 km) north of Nashville at the intersection of state roads 45 and 135. The closest town to Beanblossom is Helmsburg, approximately two miles west.


Bean Blossom is best known as the home of the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground, a 55-acre (220,000 m2) wooded campground which for more than 60 years has hosted music performances (mostly country and bluegrass),[citation needed] first at the Brown County Jamboree barn and currently at outdoor stages.[6] source ( Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground Official Website. "History" posted Jan 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.) A bluegrass festival (currently called the Bill Monroe Memorial Festival) has been held every June since 1967 and is the longest continuously-running bluegrass festival in the world. source: ( Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park Official Bean Blossom Site. "Welcome" page. posted January 18, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2013.)[citation needed]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "Beanblossom, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  4. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. This village was platted in 1833 and first named Georgetown... 
  5. ^ "Brown County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Adler, Thomas (2011). Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festivals. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 978-0-252-03615-6. 
  • Inman, N. Carol (1991). The Origins of 1001 Towns In Indiana. Indiana State Historical Association. 

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