In 1965 Bill Monroe founded the Bean Blossom
Bluegrass Festival to bring his friends together to play the "high
lonesome" sound he pioneered. Today, under new management, the memorial
festival keeps his memory alive through four days of the very best bluegrass
has to offer. Boasting the top talents in bluegrass, this festival draws
pickers, grinners and listeners from near and far. The hillbilly music tradition
goes back hundreds of years, but it was Monroe, with his high-mountain tenor
and unique mandolin playing, who made bluegrass what it is today. This music
is celebrated all weekend with the acoustical instruments and vocal harmonies
of small groups of musicians. Since bluegrass attracts pickers as well as
listeners, you just might find as much entertainment walking around the
campground as on stage. Come visit us and you will more than likely make
a few friends in the process.
Now believed to be the site of the oldest continuous annual bluegrass festival in the world, Bean Blossom's natural beauty has been enhanced by the careful grooming of the festival grounds. Colorful flower beds exist where none had been before; roads and campsites are named for performers and faithful bluegrass fans; a walking trail is marked where Bill Monroe always took early morning walks around his property; and soon the lake will be equipped with fountains to combat algae and beautify the scenery. The walls of the office, museum, and gift shop are lined with rare historic photographs. Couple all this with top-flight bluegrass talent, which Dwight Dillman always books, and you have the formula for a wonderful entertainment experience that you will long remember.
Wooded AmphitheaterBrown County Jamboree Music Park has a wooded amphitheater with a seating capacity of approximately 5,000 people. Many Bluegrass legends play here each summer.
Bill Monroe Museum & Bluegrass Hall Of FameThe Museum is open from May thru November. A Walkway of Stars paves the entry to the museum where you can learn about the story of bluegrass beginnings and see Bill Monroe memorabilia.
Uncle Pen's CabinVisit the cabin where Bill Monroe spent his early teen years, owned by Pendelton Vandiver. The fame of Uncle Pen was created by Bill Monroe in song, and the cabin is his tribute to Pen for his musical influence in his life.
Gift Shop & CampgroundsThe Gift Shop & Campgrounds are open from May thru November
Nearby AttractionsThe nearby town of Nashville, Indiana is a haven of Bed & Breakfasts, Country Inns and quiet cabins. Nashville is an artists' colony and boasts more than 300 galleries and gift shops, as well as The Little Nashville Opry, The Pine Box Theatre and The Brown County Playhouse.
Other Brown County Indiana attractions include: Brown County State Park, Yellowwood State Forest, Lake Monroe, T.C. Steele historic site, art galleries, historical museums, camping, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, nature trails, fishing lakes, and of course, spectacular autumn vistas.