DescriptionIndiana was founded in 1805 when George Clymer of Philadelphia, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, donated 250 acres of land for county buildings. Later, before the Civil War, Indiana became an important station on the Underground Railroad. In more recent history, the town was the birthplace and childhood home of actor Jimmy Stewart. A bronze statue of the actor, unveiled for his 75th birthday, stands on the lawn of the Indiana County Courthouse on Philadelphia Street. Crosswalk audio clips at 7th and 9th streets and Philadelphia and 9th streets feature safety tips and personal tidbits from Jimmy Stewart (thanks to a voice impersonator).
Northern Indiana County is Amish country. Horse-drawn buggies are common sights, as are Christmas trees—more than one million trees per year are marketed by local growers in the area.
Historic buildings can be seen on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. John Sutton Hall, built in 1875, houses University Museum's changing art exhibits and displays; phone (724) 357-2397.
Year-round recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing and boating. For information about game areas phone the Pennsylvania Game Commission Southwest Regional office at (724) 238-9523. For fishing information and boating regulations phone the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regional office at (814) 443-9841. Yellow Creek State Park is about 12 miles east of town. The Ghost Town, Hoodlebug and West Penn trails offer nearly 65 miles of rails-to-trails that give hikers and bikers the opportunity to pass through scenic areas, historic sites and other natural attractions. Maps are available at the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and at the Indiana County Parks & Trails office, 1128 Blue Spruce Rd. in Blue Spruce Park; phone (724) 463-7505 for the tourist bureau or (724) 463-8636 for the parks and trails office.
Visitor InfoIndiana County Tourist Bureau 2334 Oakland Ave. Indiana Mall INDIANA, PA 15701. Phone:(724)463-7505The office is in Indiana Mall.
ShoppingYarnick Farm Market, in business for more than 35 years, is open daily 9-6 at 155 Thomas Covered Bridge Rd. Indiana County Farmers Market, downtown at 8th and Church streets, is open Sat. 9-noon and at Wayne Avenue across from the Kovalchick Complex Wed. 3-5:30, June through October. The town also features antique and specialty shops.
Things to SeeThe Jimmy Stewart Museum