Did you know - The unusual looking log building in the Brown County Historical Society's Pioneer Village is often called the dog trot building or the community building. The Community Building was originally located in Jackson County. It was said the building was used as a stage station on the old Michigan Road. When it was purchased in 1934 for removal to Brown County it was being used as an ordinary barn. According to a history of the building, the end rooms were likely used as the owners home and also a tap room while the large room above was where travelers rested on their journeys. The cost of purchasing the building was bourne by the Community Club of Brown County. Workers from the WPA dismantled, transported, and reconstructed the building. Smaller timbers that had deteriorated were replaced by beams taken from two old Brown County cabins of the same age. The building and grounds were deeded to the county commissioners in 1960. By agreement at that time, the building would always be available for civic use without charge or restrictions. - Steve Arnold
Did you know that Charles Hollis Taylor, better known as Chuck Taylor, was born in Van Buren Township on June 24, 1901. Chuck is best known for his association with Converse in producing, improving, and selling Chuck Taylor All- Star sneakers. The athletic shoes are the best selling basketball sneaker in American history.
Did you know some important U.S. politicians knew and commented about Brown County's scenic beauty. In 1934 First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt visited Nashville instead of Indianapolis. While here she and a companion visited the Brown County Art Gallery and purchased two paintings by James Topping. While campaigning for U.S. president in 1952, Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson, speaking to an audience in Evansville, Stevenson said that he'd rather be in Brown County, where he would "like to sit in the autumn sun and look across the scenic hills for about two weeks." Of course the two politicians went in different directions later in their lives. Mrs. Roosevelt shepherded the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the UN while Governor Stevenson lost the presidency to Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956 before becoming Ambassador to the United Nations.
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