Helmsburg, Indiana

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Unincorporated community
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Brown County's location in Indiana
Brown County's location in Indiana
Helmsburg is located in Brown County, Indiana
Location in Brown County
Coordinates: 39°15′55″N 86°17′34″W / 39.26528°N 86.29278°W / 39.26528; -86.29278Coordinates: 39°15′55″N 86°17′34″W / 39.26528°N 86.29278°W / 39.26528; -86.29278
Country United States
State Indiana
County Brown
Township Jackson
Elevation 666 ft (203 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 47435
GNIS feature ID 435997[1]

Helmsburg (also Helms) is an unincorporated community in southern Jackson Township, Brown County, Indiana, United States. It lies along State Road 45 north of the town of Nashville, the county seat of Brown County.[2] Its elevation is 666 feet (203 m).[1] Although Helmsburg is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 47435.[3]


The first post office at Helmsburg was established as Helms, in 1904.[4] The community was named in honor of John Helms, a local resident.[5]

The children of Helmsburg are served by Helmsburg Elementary School.[6] Industry in Helmsburg includes Helmsburg Sawmill, Inc. (Bill Pool and Sons Sawmill),[7] Electric Metal Fab, which produces stainless steel equipment for the food and pharmaceutical industries,[8] and For Bare Feet Sock Factory, which makes many of the socks, headbands, and wristbands NBA players wear during games.[9] Sights in Helmsburg include the Helmsburg General Store, Helmsburg Antiques, and Figtree Gallery & Coffee Shop which includes an art gallery, Star Wars memorabilia display, and uniquely painted zebra stripe fire engine. Travelers to Helmsburg may find accommodation at McGinley Vacation Cabins or in nearby Beanblossom or Nashville, Indiana. Areas surrounding Helmsburg are heavily forested, much of this being Yellowwood State Forest. Local wildlife includes whitetail deer, ruffed grouse, squirrel, turkey, fox, woodcock, raccoon and opossums.[10] Residents participate in numerous outdoor recreations including hunting in Yellowwood State Forest, fishing in Yellowwood Lake and Beanblossom Creek, and hiking on Ten O'Clock Line and Tecumseh Trails nearby.

Notable people[edit]


Photograph of Baseball Fields
Arnold Goldman Baseball Field at Helmsburg Elementary School
Entrance Photo
Helmsburg Sawmill, Inc. road sign on State Road 45.
Helmsburg, Indiana Post Office
Photograph of Fire Engine with Zebra Stripe Paint Job
Zebra Fire Engine
Photograph of Door to Coffeeshop
Figtree Gallery and Coffee Shop


  1. ^ a b "Helmsburg, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  2. ^ DeLorme. Indiana Atlas & Gazetteer. 3rd ed. Yarmouth: DeLorme, 2004, p. 50. ISBN 0-89933-319-2.
  3. ^ "Zip Code Lookup". Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Brown County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 162. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. This village was named for John Helms, an early settler. 
  6. ^ "Helmsburg School Website". Archived from the original on 2010-10-31. 
  7. ^ ""Bill Pool and the Helmsburg Sawmill", Our Brown County.". 
  8. ^ "Electric Metal Fab Website". 
  9. ^ ""For Bare Feet Originals", Brown County Indiana CVB.". 
  10. ^ "Brown County State Park Website".