It's a relatively small, picturesque and totally unique community with a Germanic vibe
Nestled in the gently rolling hills of southern Indiana
The town has long been known for its pristine beauty, enhanced by the “Castle on the Hill,” also known as Monastery Immaculate Conception, home to over 100 Benedictine sisters. The monastery was founded in 1867 and draws thousands of visitors annually.
Ferdinand itself was founded in 1840 by a Croation missionary priest who admired the German work ethic, Fr. Kundek set out to attract German Catholics to his banner community, choosing the name to honor Austrian Emperor Ferdinand who donated liberally when he discovered a town bearing his moniker had been established in the New World.
Photos by Eric Tretter
To increase appreciation for unique and practical hand crafted items.
Connect artisans and their creations with the community by:
Providing a venue for artisans to sell their creations
Offering classes in
the traditional arts
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