~The wheels on the bus go round and round…to An-der-son-town. ~ Forgive the return to childhood, but this familiar tune lends itself to the fun you will have traveling to Anderson and Madison County.
We begin our journey in the center of downtown. The iconic Paramount Theatre and Ballroom stands as a symbol of what can be attained by perseverance. This 1929 beauty was almost razed when a very dedicated group of citizens returned her to her former glory. Now a center for the performing arts, and many other community gatherings, the Paramount stands ready to delight her guests.
While downtown, why not visit a new kid on the block? The Oakley Brothers Distillery has transformed another of Anderson’s old buildings into a nightspot serving outstanding spirits and dinner fare. The Oakley’s take what began as a family experiment and have turned this into a new tradition for you to enjoy.
Heading southeast from downtown and on to Mounds Road we weave a path to Mounds State Park. Home of the Great Mound built by the Adena-Hopewell People, a new paved path and boardwalk now make this amazing archaeological wonder accessible to all; just one of many improvements to this already beautiful, forested park. Trails snaking along the White River or along a bluff above deep ravines, native flora, such as Jacks in the Pulpit and Spring Beauties line the path and deer, squirrels, and other wildlife abound.
For a bit of whimsy, travel north on Indiana – 9 to Alexandria where you will find something very unique. The World’s Largest Ball of Paint has garnered visitors from everywhere to add a coat of paint to what is now a massive ball! Starting as a simple baseball, the World’s Largest Ball of Paint now brags 26,000 coats of paint, weighs 2.5 tons, and is 14 feet in circumference! (Yes, you read that right!)
Don’t leave us before making one more stop! Good’s Candy and Ice Cream is the perfect end to your visit. Homemade ice cream, gourmet popcorn (take a bucket for the road) and hand-dipped chocolates are but a few of the enticements offered.
Safe travels home… Come again soon!
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Listing Title: Anderson-Madison County-Indiana