Indiana April 11, 2019
Indiana’s Smallest Old Town From 1851 Is Looking For A New Owner
If you’ve only ever dreamed of owning a place that’s all your own, Indiana has really got something in store for you. The Hoosier state’s smallest old town is actually for sale, and you could be its next ruler – or owner.
If you love tiny vintage villages that are surrounded by nature, you’ll definitely want to call this place home. Scroll on for more details.
About an hour south of Indianapolis and an hour east of Bloomington, the unincorporated community of Story, Indiana is a historic vacation spot that is looking for a new owner. The National Register of Historic Places recently listed it after almost 170 years of operation.
Indiana's smallest old town began in 1851 when it was founded by a guy named Dr. George P. Story. He was granted land by little-known 13th president of the United States Millard Fillmore. The town was originally called Storyville and was established as a lumber town that housed several general stores, a church, a schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, a butcher, and even a post office.
Though Dr. Story was originally granted 173 acres of land, the town currently only lays claim to 17.4 acres.
When the Great Depression hit, Story became a ghost town and stayed as such until the 1980s. In 1978, a motivated couple saw potential and an opportunity in Indiana's smallest old town and decided to start the Story Inn, which brought a small resurgence to this tiny haven.
The Story Inn itself is not for sale but is still part of the deal. Keep reading for more details, and
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The last time the town was for sale was in 1999. The current owner, along with the innkeepers, have worked hard to preserve the 19th century charm of this nearly abandoned village.
This splendid place is known as the most beautiful spot in the whole state by those who have been there. It is located right in the middle of two fabulous natural attractions with Brown County State Park on one side and the Hoosier National Forest on the other.
Today, Story is home to just three residents, four dogs, an inn, a general store, and a few houses, and that's not likely to change. The owners plan to sell to someone who wishes to maintain the essence of this quiet, old-fashioned town.
For a mere $3.8 million you can write the next chapter of Story's history. Some have dreams of owning a home while others have dreams of owning a town. You only live once.
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