T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Nashville

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In 1907, Steele and his second wife, Selma Neubacher Steele, purchased property in Brown County and began construction of their home, which they named "The House of the Singing Winds."

They built the Large Studio in 1916 to accommodate Steele's work and landscaped the surrounding hillsides to enhance the beauty of their property. Selma created several acres of gardens around the home.

From 1907 to 1921, the Steeles wintered in Indianapolis. They established a home in Bloomington when Steele became artist in residence at Indiana University in 1922. Each spring they returned to their Brown County property.

As Steele's popularity grew, an increasing number of visitors were attracted to Brown County to meet the artist and to see his work and estate. Steele was at the forefront of the state's art movement and is still one of Indiana's most honored artists. His appreciation of nature, combined with his intelligence and capacity for concentrated study, raised his works to an extraordinary level.
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  • Must see and experience this gem of Indiana history. Definitely do the guided tour. Try to take all of the property in. Especially Inspiration Point.  more »
  • We started at the main site, walked along the road to the start of the Inspiration Ridge Trail, looked at the Remote Studio (which has rotten boards, one on the roof and one on the side), went down th...  more »
  • This out of the way place was a nice find, especially if one enjoys paintings. The history of the estate and how TC Steele came to be such an artist worth the visit. Much kept in original condition, e...  more »
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  • Great place, knew nothing about The T. C. Steele before visiting. Very good tour. Lots of original art and furnishings.
  • I got a chance to visit the T.C. Steele state historic site at the end of last summer. I took the tour and saw and heard some very fascinating things about Mr. and Mrs. Steele... their life's work, art and garden. Before I left I walked through the historical garden....WOW!!! It is simply one of the most amazing historical gardens I've ever seen in my life... the scenery is simply beautiful!! It shows the great deal of time and effort that went into planning and executing so that the garden can be awakened from the time when Mr. and Mrs. Steele called this beautiful sanctuary their home. I got a chance to talk to Mr. Anthony Joslin who restored this beautiful garden. I could feel the love, passion and pride with his work... it brought great joy to my heart to have such amazing people out there giving back to the community this way. I want to thank you Mr. Joslin for all your hard work, determination so that people can find great joy in this amazing garden for generation to come! I also want to thank the entire staff for this beautiful historical site, keep up the great work!! Looking forward to be back next summer! Sincerely, Mike
  • Good docents, lovely gardens. And paintings by a master
  • First time there and a beautiful time
  • What a fantastic place.

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