T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Nashville

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The T. C. Steele State Historic Site (also called the Theodore Clement Steele House and Studio, and named the House of the Singing Winds by its original owners) is located in rural Brown County, Indiana, one and a half miles south of Belmont, between Bloomington and Nashville, Indiana. The property was the studio and home of Hoosier Group landscape and portrait artist Theodore Clement Steele (1847–1926) and Selma Neubacher Steele (1870–1945), the artist's second wife. Shortly before her death in 1945, Selma donated the property on 211 acres (85 hectares) of land to the Indiana Department of Conservation (the present-day Indiana Department of Natural Resources) to establish a state historic site in memory of her husband. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as the Theodore Clement Steele House and Studio. The Indiana State Museum operates the historic site, which is open to the public and offers guided tours of the home and studio.
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  • Beautiful grounds and wonderful tour. Learned much about the Brown County area and the artist. Make sure to walk to the bottom of the koi pond to see the log cabin of the 1800's.  more »
  • The tour of the house and studios was awesome. The views from the house is spectacular. We also did a few of the hikes into the surrounding property and you could feel why the artist chose this...  more »
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  • This place was AMAZING!!!! As an art aficionado, the art is quite moving and thought provoking. The rustic and simplistic nature of the grounds, the beautiful gardens and the absolutely STUNNING studio, brought out many emotions from joy to sadness, especially when you hear the stories about them. The new welcoming center is inviting and the staff make you feel @ home! They are extremely passionate and knowledgeable about TC and Selma, and no question is crazy or unanswerable. Will bee yelling friends about this,WELL worth the drive from Columbus, Ohio!!!
  • A newly renovated visiting center is the first stop to all this location has to offer. There is a gift shop, space available for rent, and of course space for educational programming. They offer tours as well as a location for the resident artist. Visit the home and garden of T.C. and Selma Steele to acquire an appreciation for the life of an artist who had to travel to a different location (Germany), in order that he may come home -- and put the beauty of Brown County, Indiana on the map through his landscapes. With your Indiana State Museum pass this is one of the Historic Sites included in your membership.

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