County Offices
413 Main Street
Rising Sun 812-438-2610

Chamber of Commerce
215 Main Street
Rising Sun 812-438-3130

Anchored by the community of Rising Sun, rural Ohio County is small in size but brimming over with hometown appeal and country pleasures. Newcomers in increasing numbers are finding their way to rural Ohio County, looking for the serenity of the country, affordable home prices, and a friendly small-town environment. A strong network of state and federal highways, including nearby Interstates 75 and 275, ensures a quick commute to regional destinations.

The educational system is well developed, encompassing quality public school districts and private schools from preschool through high school. The Southeastern Career Center in nearby Versailles offers a unique opportunity for students to acquire technical skills that are integrated with academic coursework as preparation for careers in business and industry. The center serves a six-county area including Dearborn and Ohio counties.

Other options for higher education within a reasonable commute include Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana-Terre Haute, the Purdue University Cooperative Extension in Versailles, the University of Southern Indiana, Indiana University Southeast in Evansville, Indiana University-Purdue in Columbus, Indiana University Bloomington, and Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Kentucky offers Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights. Among the institutions in Greater Cincinnati are the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Thomas More College, and Miami University.

Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg in adjoining Dearborn County serves as a regional healthcare provider for this rural area. The hospital has long been committed to upgrades and investments in new technology in order to offer its patients the most advanced diagnostics and treatment. In addition to these impressive advancements, the hospital provides comprehensive medical and surgical services that meet nearly every need close to home. Greater Cincinnati offers a number of outstanding hospitals and medical centers that are recognized as leading research and teaching institutions and offer a variety of Centers of Excellence. From routine healthcare needs including wellness programs and health screenings to the most advanced of care, Ohio County residents are never far away from the right resources.

Residents of Ohio County seem to be on the perfect vacation all year long. Picturesque country roads, Indiana’s finest riverboat casino, a championship golf courses, the Ohio Scenic Byway, and many other unique landmarks and attractions distinguish this small jewel of a county. The quaint and attractive city of Rising Sun serves as the county seat and focal point of commercial, educational, and cultural development. Rising Sun Pendleton Art Center in the heart of historic downtown Rising Sun features the Southeastern Indiana Friends of the Arts gallery with ever-changing exhibits. The “First Weekend” of each month is an exciting time of new exhibits and open studios. Harps on Main is another unusual arts resource, where visitors can take a self-guided tour and see how harps are made. The opening of this shop by a well-known harp craftsman has placed Ohio County on the map with aficionados of that exquisite musical instrument.

Historic downtown Rising Sun is being revitalized to showcase its original charm, already winning awards for outstanding results. The Governor of Indiana awarded Rising Sun the 2003 Governors Arts Award, while the Indiana Main Street organization awarded Historic Downtown the Innovation Award for its “Arts as Education” concept. Southern Indiana Rural Development Projects also recognized the city with the Southern Indiana Community Legacy Award. One of the true treasures of this area is the Ohio River Scenic Byway, the link that ties together the history of Southern Indiana. At times hugging the river itself, the route twists and turns its way past cypress swamps, scenic overlooks, archaeological sites, stately mansions, riverboat casinos, and caverns. As it meanders along this panoramic path, it passes by picturesque barns, lush vineyards, and leafy orchards.

The crowning glory of the area’s historic sites is the 1844 Ohio County Court House with its Classical architectural style and Doric details, a stately structure that was constructed entirely from gifts and donations. The Ohio County Historical Museum displays a variety of exhibits, including the world-famous Hoosier Big Boy racing boat that set the speed record on the Ohio River in 1924. The housing selection blends many lovely older homes along tree-lined streets with newer residential construction that enjoys a country setting. For quiet country living, few places can rival Ohio County for its blend of small-town serenity with access to world-class metropolitan attractions.

Rising Sun
Municipal Offices

Chamber of Commerce

The county seat of Rising Sun is the focal point of government, regional services, commercial development, and cultural activity in Ohio County. The lion’s share of conveniences and attractions are located in the Rising Sun area, although the county is also home to four townships: Cass, Pike, Randolph, and Union. Neighbors easily become friends in this small-town setting, where community events are well attended. The annual Navy Bean Fall Festival is the largest of the seasonal celebrations, drawing visitors to the area’s only horse parade, live musical entertainment, wonderful food, pony rides, arts and crafts, and home-cooked bean soup. The city is home to the county’s historical museum, the grand historical courthouse, and the regional art center.

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